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Aslan Karatsev vs Marin Cilic: Prediction and Betting Tips
Aslan Karatsev to avoid a third first-round exit of the year
Despite having played as a pro for six seasons, Aslan Karatsev started to climb the rankings this year. In addition, the Russian is having his best season this year having won his only career title in Dubai. On top of that, the world number 23 reached the final in Belgrade and the semi-final of the Australian Open.
Clearly, Karatsev’s first half of the year was much better for him. Evidently, Karatsev has won just one match in his last five outings. Adding to that, the 27-year-old lost two of their last three matches. In his last match, Karatsev lost to Karen Khacahnov in the first round of the Toronto Open. Hence, Karatsev will look to avoid another first-round exit against a tough opponent.
Karatsev Key Stats
- Karatsev has played 25 games per match this year
- The Russian has won 53% of the games he has played
- The world number 24 has won 74% of the points behind his first serve
Marin Cilic to strengthen his form on the hard courts
World number 38 Marin Cilic has been on tour for 17 seasons. Moreover, the 32-year-old has won 19 titles in his career including one Grand Slam at the US Open. Cilic’s best results are on grass. But the Croat’s most title wins came on hard courts with 14 on which he has a 6-6 win/loss record this season.
During this season, Cilic won in Stuttgart on grass, his only title of the year. In fact, he couldn’t find his usual form on the hard courts this season. Cilic lost in the second round in the last two tournaments he played. Firstly he lost in the Olympic games to Carreno Busta and then he was tightly surpassed by Casper Ruud in Toronto.
Cilic Key Stats
- The world number 38 played three sets in his last four matches
- Cilic won 46% of the points on his second serve on hard courts this season
- The Croat played 26.7 games per match this year on hard courts
Aslan Karatsev vs Marin Cilic Prediction
This will be one of the most equally contested matches in the first round of the Cincinnati Masters. Consequently, the odds are very similar for each player to win, 1.85 for Karatsev and 1.99 for Cilic at Vbet.
However, Karatsev’s latest form raises some questions about whether the Russian can find a way to regain his form. As we saw in the stats, the Russian suffered in recent matches.
On the other side, Cilic is very experienced. Despite the fact that the Croat has improved his rallies throughout the years, it still remains his weak point. Thus, it is very important for Cilic and Karatsev the service percentages of each of them as they can be key to win this match.
We think we will see a match with a high number of games. Hence the over 21.5 games in the match at Vbet seems a reasonable bet.
Aslan Karatsev vs Marin Cilic Betting Tips
Over 21.5 Games 1.55 at Vbet
Over 2.5 Sets 2.42 at Vbet
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