Taylor Fritz will be up against Marin Cilic in the Final of the 2021 St. Petersburg Open. Fritz is ranked 28th in the world while Cilic is the World No.35.
Taylor Fritz vs Marin Cilic: Match Details
- Tournament: St. Petersburg Open 2021
- Match: Taylor Fritz vs Marin Cilic
- Round: Final
- Date: October 31, 2021
- Prize Money: $84,720
- Venue: St. Petersburg, Russia
- Surface: Indoor Hard Court
Taylor Fritz vs Marin Cilic: Preview
American fifth seed Taylor Fritz underwent a knee surgery just 4 months back and has bounced back very well. He made it to the third round of Wimbledon where he lost to 4th seed Alexander Zverev. He then came back at the Los Cabos Open where he reached the semifinal. He followed it up with another semifinal outing at the Atlanta Open before bowing out of the first round at Washington, Toronto and Cincinnati. He then had a dream run at Indian Wells, where he made it to the semifinals.
This week at St. Petersburg, he got the better of Emil Ruusuvuori and Tommy Paul in the initial rounds before beating John Millman in the last 8. He then defeated Jan-Lennard Struff in the semifinals in three sets 5-7,6-1,6-3.
Former World No.3 Marin Cilic has blown hot and cold this season. After losing to Roger Federer in the second round at Roland Garros, he won the Stuttgart Open where he defeated the likes of Denis Shapovalov and Felix Auger Aliassime. He then reached the quarterfinal at Queen’s Club and pushed Daniil Medvedev to five sets at Wimbledon. After a poor North American swing, he made it to the final of the Kremlin Cup.
After beating Albert Ramos Vinolas in the first round at St. Petersburg, he won two good matches against 6th seed Karen Khachanov and 3rd seed Roberto Bautista Agut. In the semifinals, he defeated Botic van de Zandschulp in straight sets 6-3,6-3.
Taylor Fritz vs Marin Cilic: Head-to-Head
This will be the second meeting between the duo. Fritz leads the H2H 1-0. They last met at Indian Wells 4 years ago where Fritz won in three sets.
Taylor Fritz vs Marin Cilic: Prediction
Both the players are in amazing form off late and would fancy their chances to lift the title. Fritz has been hitting extremely well from the baseline while Cilic is going big on the serve. Expect a thrilling match with Cilic using his experience to win another title this season.
Prediction: Cilic to win in three sets.
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