Denis Shapovalov vs Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Monday October 22, 2018, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
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The world number 6 from Croatia, Marin Cilic, will begin his 2018 ATP Swiss Indoors campaign against Denis Shapovalov from Canada.
Denis Shapovalov enters this tournament following a disappointing Stockholm where he was eliminated by Ernests Gulbis in the second round. In that match, Shapovalov struggled with his serve as he hit 5 double faults and lost 3 service games. While the loss was disappointing, Shapovalov has been in decent form as he made the semifinals of the ATP Japan Open less than a month ago. While the Canadian has been playing well, this is expected to be a tough opening round match for Denis Shapovalov as he is playing an opponent ranked in the top 10.
Marin Cilic, on the other hand, has been in terrible form as his record since the US Open is 0-2. While his recent record is not very good, Cilic has not played that badly as both of his losses were resulted from tiebreakers. Cilic is a very accomplished player and he has a very good record at this event as he won this event in 2016. The conditions at this event seem to suit Cilic and he has shown that he has an exceptional record at indoor hard courts as he has won 8 ATP titles in these settings.
This will be the first time that Denis Shapovalov and Marin Cilic will be playing each other at an ATP event.
This should be an exciting match since both players are very explosive tennis players with rapid serves and powerful groundstrokes. As far as the winner of this match is concerned, I am going to pick Marin Cilic to win this match. Cilic has an exceptional record at this event and is much more accomplished when compared to his opponent. I see Marin Cilic winning this match and making the second round of the Swiss Indoors.