Geneva Open 2021: Marin Cilic vs Dominic Stephan Stricker– Preview, Head to head and Prediction

Former World No.3 Marin Cilic will face the Wild card Dominic Stephan Stricker in this First round encounter of the Geneva Open 2021.

Marin Cilic and Dominic Stephan Stricker
Marin Cilic and Dominic Stephan Stricker

Marin Cilic will take on Dominic Stephan Stricker in the First-round of the Geneva Open 2021. Cilic is currently the World No.46 on the ATP rankings and Sticker is the World No.419.

Match Details :

TournamentGeneva Open 2021
MatchMarin Cilic vs Dominic Stephan Stricker
RoundFirst Round
Date18th May, 2021
Prize Money€5,415
VenueGeneva, Switzerland
SurfaceClay Court

Marin Cilic vs Dominic Stephan Stricker: Match Preview

 Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic

The thirty-two year old Croatian Marin Cilic is a veteran on the men’s tour. He has been ranked as high as No.3 in the World and won one Grand Slam, US Open, as well. Cilic has a total of 18 ATP Titles to his credit. The last of which came in 2018. Slump in form and performance has lasted more than a couple of years now, and he has seen his ranking drop out of the top.40.

This year, Cilic made small progress in the right direction by getting to the Semi-Final of the Singapore Tennis Open. In a contest that he perhaps should have won, he lost to Alexei Popyrin in straight sets. On clay this season, his best performance has come at the Estoril Open. At that event, he reached the Semi-final stage before being beaten by Cameron Norrie 7-6 7-5. His first round opponent here is Dominic Stephan Stricker.

Stricker is only eighteen and is from Switzerland. He has been given a wildcard and basically finds himself faced with the daunting task of facing someone who has been on tour for close to two decades now, and has been a former World No.3. The last tournament Stricker played was an ITF event in Spain where he lost to Niels Visker in three sets 6-3 3-6 3-6. 

Marin Cilic vs Dominic Stephan Stricker: Head-to-Head

 Dominic Stephan Stricker
Dominic Stephan Stricker

This is the first meeting between the two, so the head to head is 0-0. 

Marin Cilic vs Dominic Stephan Stricker: Prediction 

 Marin Cilic
Marin Cilic

Out of the eighteen ATP Titles that Cilic has, he has won only two on clay. And apart from winning the US Open he has also been a finalist at the Australian Open and the Wimbledon, but in the French Open only reached till the Quarter-final. So we can decipher that Cilic doesn’t play his best tennis on clay. But Stricker is at a level where Cilic doesn’t really have to play his best tennis to win. An easy victory for Cilic awaits. 

Match Prediction: Marin Cilic will win in straight sets. 

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