World No. 37 Marin Cilic will take on World No. 22 Alex De Minaur in the quarterfinals of the 2021 French Open on June 18.
Marin Cilic vs Alex De Minaur: Match Details
|Tournament||Cinch Championship 2021|
|Match||Marin Cilic vs Alex De Minaur|
|Date||18th June, 2021|
|Venue||Queen’s Club, England|
Marin Cilic vs Alex De Minaur: Preview
The Croatian comes into this tournament with seven wins in a row on the grass this season. Even in the year 2018, he has lost only one match on the surface. Cilic loves playing on the grass and his booming serve and flat shots from the baseline can have a huge impact on the faster surface. The former top-10 player kicked off the grass swing by winning the tournament in Stuttgart last week. On the way to the title, he beat Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger-Aliassime. At the ongoing Queen’s championship, he has beaten Sebastian Ofner and Fabio Fognini in the first two rounds. The 32-year-old comes into this contest with confidence and momentum on his back and will be hopeful of making another deep run at this tournament before he heads to Wimbledon.
On the other hand, the Australian fell prematurely to Jurij Rodionov in the second round of Stuttgart last week. At the ongoing Queen’s tournament though, he has put up a better show by beating Laslo Djere and countryman John Millman in the first two rounds. De Minaur too is comfortable on the grass. His talent was visible a few years ago when he took on Rafael Nadal in the early rounds of Wimbledon. The 22-year-old will be keen to make a deep push in London this week before, he moves south towards the All England Club.
Marin Cilic vs Alex De Minaur: Head to Head
These two have met only once on the ATP tour. Cilic beat Minaur on the hard court of the 2018 US Open in five sets.
Marin Cilic vs Alex De Minaur: Prediction
Cilic served consistently in his last game, with a first serve percentage of 82. He even slammed 17 aces to blast through his opponent. He also had a 100% conversion rate on the break points. Meanwhile, the De Minaur also served well against Millman and broke his countryman at regular intervals. Much of the Australian’s success depends on how he breaks the Croats serve and hangs onto his own. While this could stretch into three sets, the experienced and inform Cilic is likely to progress ahead into the tournament.
Match Prediction: Marin Cilic should win in three sets.