Marin Cilic vs. Alex De Minaur
|Date & Time||Saturday September 1, 2018, 7:00 PM (EDT)|
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Alex De Minaur and Marin Cilic meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis US Open.
Alex De Minaur is coming off a four sets win over Frances Tiafoe that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, De Minaur won 74 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. De Minaur won 65 percent of his total service points and converted eight breaks on 14 break points. De Minaur hit 38 winners and at one point in the match, he won seven straight games. De Minaur has been the surprise of the tournament, as he’s only 19 years old and doesn’t have nearly the main tour experience as some of the guys he’s playing. It’s going to be fun to see how long De Minaur can keep this going. De Minaur has a chance to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the first time in his career. De Minaur has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Hubert Hurkacz that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 82 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Cilic won 74 percent of his total service points and saved both of his break points. Cilic has made extreme light work of his first two opponents, which includes losing a combined nine games. As long as Cilic can stay fresh while returning at a high level, he’s a dark horse to make another title run in the US Open. Cilic hopes to make the fourth round of a grand slam for the sixth time in his last 10 tries. Cilic has lost in the third round of the US Open in his last two appearances, cooling off in this tournament since winning it in 2014. Cilic has won seven of his last nine matches on hard court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
De Minaur is a very talented teenager who obviously has a bright future and is capable of pushing some of these players on the big stage despite a lack of experience. However, beating Cilic, a US Open winner, is a different story. Cilic has been playing some of his best tennis the last couple of months and has probably been the most dominant player on the men’s side through two matches.
Cilic rolls to the fourth round.