Tennis predictions – Wawrinka vs Cilic – Roland Garros
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Wawrinka is currently the 3rd in the ATP Rankings and the Swiss could grab his 4th Grand Slam here in France. In 2016, has managed to win trophies in Chennai, Dubai and Geneva, but also was triumphant at the US Open.
Stan was motivated to play hard only at Australian Open (semifinal) and Indian Wells (final), but could not handle Federer. His season on clay kicked off disastrously, with Round 2 exits both at Monte Carlo and Rome, plus Round 1 exit at Madrid. Just before Roland Garros, Wawrinka got the trophy in Geneva (SUI). Up until this point, Stan has not dropped a single set at Roland Garros and his game looked flawless in every game. That is a rare statement when we talk about Wawrinka and a Grand Slam tournament. He first got past Kovalik (SVK), 6-2, 7-6, 6-3, then Dolgopolov (UKR), 6-4, 7-6, 7-5, afterwards followed Fognini (ITA), 7-6, 6-0, 6-2, and last but not least, Monfils (FRA), 7-5, 7-6, 6-2.
Cilic is occupying the 8th position in the ATP Rankings and given his 1.98m height, Marin is making the best of his first serve. He managed to win 16 titles so far in his career, two of which came last season, at Cincinnati and Basel (SUI). He was also present in finals at Geneva (SUI) and Marseille (FRA), semifinals at Tokyo (JPN) and Paris (FRA), plus a quarter final at Wimbledon.
He had a bad start to this year, with Round 1 exits at Chennai (IND) and Montpellier (FRA), and also Round 2 exit at Australian Open. Afterwards, he reached the quarter finals in Rotterdam and the semifinals in Acapulco, so things settled a little bit. He then also won a title, in Istanbul, his sole triumph on clay surface. Despite all these, Marin’s game has been impressive so far in Paris. He first knocked out Gulbis (LAT), 6-3, 6-3, 6-3, then disposed of Kravchuk (RUS), 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, afterwards Lopez (SPA), 6-1, 6-3, 6-3 and his final victim was Anderson (RSA), 6-3, 3-0, point at which the South African withdrew himself out of the competition.
Marin has been on his best behaviour so far at French Open, but the H2H-ul record is in Stan’s advantage. Wawrinka won 11 out of their 13 encounters. As far as the clay surface is concerned, Cilic only managed to get a single set out of Stan, in their inaugural battle in 2006, at Umag (CRO). Wawrinka appears to have stepped up his game and is much more sound mentally, dealing very well with the pressure. Against Gael, Wawrinka saved no less than 11 break points. The issue for Cilic is that he will have to force the matters with his right hand strike – shall he not play hit it long enough, the backhand of Stan will backfire on him. .
Betting predictions – Wawrinka vs Cilic: Wawrinka -2.5 games AH @ 1.65 at PaddyPower