Diego Schwartzman vs. Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Thursday June 20, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
London, United Kingdom
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Diego Schwartzman and Marin Cilic meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Queen's Club Championships.
Diego Schwartzman is coming off a straight sets win over Alexander Bublik that took 17 games to decide. In the victory, Schwartzman won 92 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Schwartzman won 80 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Schwartzman got 63 percent of his first serves in play and didn’t face a single break point. It was a solid performance from Schwartzman, but it comes down to consistency for him, as he hasn’t been able to string together victories this year and keep that same level of play. Schwartzman looks to win two straight matches for just the second time in his last 10 tournaments. Schwartzman has split his last four matches on grass court.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Christian Garin that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 78 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Cilic won 70 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his nine break points. Cilic got 66 percent of his first serves in play and was broken twice. Cilic is another player who has had issues this year and the lack of reps under his belt due to early exits can’t help. However, a quick two set victory should help Cilic with his confidence heading into this contest. Cilic looks to win two straight matches for just the second time in his last eight tournaments. Cilic has won seven of his last eight matches on grass court.
These two have played three times and Cilic has won two of those matches, including the most recent in 2018 Toronto. Schwartzman’s only win over Cilic came in the 2017 US Open. Both of Cilic’s wins came in straight sets.
Both of these guys have had trouble stringing wins together, so this one could go either way. I would say I trust Cilic more on grass court and the fact he’s capable of playing so much better is encouraging. Once Cilic figures things out with his serve and gets more free points, the rest of his game will fall into place.
I like Cilic to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Madrid.