Steve Johnson (USA) vs Marin Cilic (Croatia)
|Date & Time||Sunday September 16, 2018, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Croatian, Marin Cilic will play Steve Johnson from the United States as a part of the semifinal clash of the 2018 Davis Cup.
Steve Johnson lost his first rubber to Borna Coric. Johnson was comfortably beaten in straight sets. It was a very poor performance by the American as Johnson hit 53 unforced errors to allow Coric to win the match with ease. It was tough for Johnson to adjust to the crowd as it was vocal and behind the Croatian team. This is expected to continue and it will only be harder for Johnson as Croatia are leading so the crowd will be more upbeat than in the opening round. Marin Cilic is expected to be a tougher opponent than Borna Coric so it is going to be very hard for Steve Johnson to win.
On the other side of the court, Marin Cilic won his opening round match in straight sets as he beat Frances Tiafoe in straight sets to give Croatia a lead in the tie. Cilic was dominant in the first 2 sets as he broke serve numerous times and although Tiafoe fought back in the third set, Cilic showed his class and won via a tiebreaker. Cilic impressed greatly with his serving as he hit 13 aces and only lost one service game. This Davis Cup tie is taking place in Croatia and the fans have been supporting the team well. Cilic was greatly supported in his win against Tiafoe and a similar level of support should be expected for this match. With his team leading and the crowd behind him, Marin Cilic will be very hard to beat.
These two players have met 5 times in the past with Marin Cilic winning on all 5 occasions.
All in all, I am picking Marin Cilic to win and secure victory for team Croatia. Cilic is the better player and is playing at home. I see Cilic getting an easy win in straight sets.