Cilic vs. Monfils
|Date & Time||Wednesday August 10, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Gael Monfils and Marin Cilic meet in the third round of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Gael Monfils is coming off a straight sets win over Rogério Dutra Silva that took 18 games to decide. Monfils has yet to drop a set this tournament and has lost just 10 games overall. Monfils continues what has been a 2016 tear, as he’s now won 12 of his last 16 matches and 14 of his last 17 sets. Monfils is focused, not giving way cheap points and playing with the purpose of winning the match rather than pleasing the crowd. When Monfils is this dialed in and liming his silly errors, he’s shown he can compete with anybody in the field. Monfils now has a chance to make the quarterfinals of the olympics of the second time. Monfils has won 11 of his last 12 matches on hard court.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Radu Albot that took 19 games to decide. Cilic has won both matches in straight sets and has lost 15 games overall. Cilic seems to have bounced back nicely after losing early in the Canadian Masters, and the quick matches should only help his fatigue and confidence moving forward. The concern is that Cilic didn’t play great in the second round and will have to play much cleaner tennis if he hops to make the quarterfinals of the olympics for the first time in his career. Cilic has won 10 of his last 16 matches on hard court.
These two have met once in the past, which was in the 2009 Paris Masters, a match Monfils won in three sets.
This is one of the better matches in the third round and could end up being a thrilling three setter. However, when it’s all said and done, Monfils is going to win this match. He’s too focused and hitting the ball too well for Cilic to keep up. I wouldn’t be surprised if Monfils won in straight sets.
The Frenchman advances to the quarters.