De Minaur vs Cilic: who will get to the semifinal?
On June 18, Alex de Minaur will go against Marin Cilic in the quarterfinal match of the London Open. Which tennis player will progress to the semifinals? Read our prediction to find out.
Alex de Minaur
De Minaur is not in his optimal form at the moment. Almost all the matches she played on grass were tough, plus Alex managed to lose when he was the clear favorite - in the quarterfinal in Stuttgart, the Australian lost to Yuri Rodionov in three sets. At the current tournament in London, Alex started with a difficult victory over Laslo Djere (3-6, 6-3, 6-4), and after that, he confidently dealt with his compatriot John Millman (6-1, 6-3).
Cilic arrived in Halle in good spirits, as he had just won the tournament in Stuttgart. There Marin played almost perfectly, without losing a single set. In the final of the Stuttgart Open, the Croatian tennis player defeated Felix Auger-Aliassime. And now in London, Cilic started with a victory over Sebastian Ofner (6-2, 6-7, 7-6). Later Marin beat the experienced Italian Fabio Fognini in straight sets (6-3, 7-6).
Cilic has played four tie-breaks in the last four matches.
De Minaur has played under 9.5 games in the first set in 3 of his last 5 matches.
Cilic is now in incredible form and is rightfully considered the favourite of the upcoming quarterfinal. Marin has already beaten De Minaur before, he is familiar with the Australian's style. We believe that it is worth playing the victory of the Croatian athlete. After winning the tournament in Stuttgart, Cilic will certainly try to build on his success in London.
Our prediction is Cilic to win
Cilic is the favourite, because the Croatian player is in great shape, moreover, he has already beaten De Minaur. But we can definitely say that the quarterfinal match will not be a pleasure cruise for Marin. After all, Alex is a tenacious tennis player, and will certainly impose a fight on Cilic.
Second prediction - total over 23 games