Marin Cilic, third seed at the Singapore Tennis Open will face Japanese, Taro Daniel in the second round encounter on Wednesday. Cilic is ranked 42nd in the world, whereas Daniel is ranked just outside the top 100 rankings on the 120th spot.
- Date: 24 February 2021
- Tournament: Singapore Tennis Open 2021
- Fixture: Marin Cilic vs Taro Daniel
- Venue: Kallang, Singapore
- Round: Round of 16 (Second round)
- Category: ATP Tour
- Surface: Indoor Hardcourt
- Prize money: $6,410
Marin Cilic vs Taro Daniel: Match Preview
Marin Cilic was awarded a bye in the first round of the Singapore Tennis Open by virtue of being the third seed. The Croatian has endured a difficult start to the year as he has lost both his first round matches in Australia. The former US Open champion lost in three sets to Jeremy Chardy at the warm-up event before the Australian Open. At the all-important Australian Open, he was knocked out in straight sets by eventual quarterfinalist, Grigor Dimitrov.
Taro Daniel defeated the Indian, Ramkumar Ramanathan in the first round encounter in Singapore. The Japanese had to dig deep and claim his victory in three sets. Similarly like his opponent, Daniel suffered a first round loss at the Australian Open at the hands of Maxime Cressy, to whom he lost in straight sets.
Marin Cilic vs Taro Daniel: Head-to-Head
The duo have never faced each other before and their current head to head stands at 0-0.
Marin Cilic vs Taro Daniel: Match Prediction
Marin Cilic who was once one of the top players on tour, has been hampered by injuries and poor form in the past few years. The Croatian will look forward to rediscover his form in 2021 and return back to the top of tennis. He starts as the favorite against the Japanese, Taro Daniel in their second round encounter. Cilic has a huge first serve and boasts of a hard hitting game on the hard-court surface. Whereas, his opponent will look forward to engage Cilic in longer rallies and draw unforced errors from him. The Croatian should emerge victorious in a tricky three set encounter.
Match Prediction: Marin Cilic to defeat Taro Daniel in three sets