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Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer: Prediction and Betting Tips

12:00, Jun 03 2021
Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer prediction for Thursday’s round two clash at Roland Garros in Paris. World number 48 Marin Cilic takes on former world number one and current eighth in the ATP rankings Roger Federer. Read on for our free prediction and betting tips.

Marin Cilic in a tough matchup early on

Marin Cilic had a tough clay season leading up to the French Open. The 32-year-old Croat has played nine matches and has a 5-4 win/loss record. After losing to Goffin in Monaco in the round of 1/32, Cilic played in Estoril and won three matches in a row before losing to Norrie in the semi-finals. 

Cilic won his first match in Rome by beating Bublik but gave in to in form Tsitsipas in two sets in the second round. The 198cm tall Croat had a good start to his French Open campaign beating world number 118 Rinderknech in straight sets. Cilic won 85% of the points behind his first serve and saved five of six break points against him.

Roger Federer off to a great start

Before playing in the French Open, Roger Federer had just one match on clay in Geneva and lost to Andujar-Alba in three sets. The former world number one who has won the French Open once in 2009, had a great comeback in his first-round match against qualifier Denis Istomin in straight sets.

Federer had been out injured for much of the season but he was in top form in his match against Istomin. The Swiss had a whopping 48 winners and varied his game by approaching to the net more often and winning 79% of his points from his volleys. Federer served 71% of his first serves in and won 80% of the points behind. 

Key Stats

  • Federer is ahead in the H2H by 9-1
  • They have met just once before on clay in Monaco 2011 and Federer won
  • Federer has won 57% of his matches in Roland Garros in his career
  • Cilic has won 55% of his matches in Roland Garros in his career

Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer Prediction

Federer showed some great tennis in his first-round match. One cannot believe that the Swiss is already 39. Clay is Roger’s least favorite surface but he has always played well in Roland Garros. The Swiss is always a candidate to go far in Grand Slams and he will do his best to repeat that feat.

Marin Cilic will be a tough opponent for Federer. The Croat is a fighter and had improved his groundstrokes in recent years. His first serve will be key in this match as Roger is one of the best returners and he might punish Cilic’s second serve easily.

We think it will be a close match but with Federer’s first-round form it will be difficult for Cilic to keep up.

Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer Betting Tips

Federer to win first set and match 1.50 at Vbet

Under 37 games 2.05 at Vbet

 

 

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