Muller vs. Cilic
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 12, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: -- Over/Under:
Marin Cilic and Gilles Muller meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Bautista Agut that took 24 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 79 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Cilic has yet to drop a set this tournament and is coming off a match in which he won 55 percent of his return points and had just 19 unforced errors. Cilic has combined for 72 aces and has won no less than 79 percent of his first serve points in every match this tournament, which makes for a winning formula. Cilic is now in the Wimbledon quarterfinals for a fourth straight year. Cilic hopes to make his fourth career grand slam semifinal and first ever in the Wimbledon. Cilic has won eight of his last nine matches on grass court.
Gilles Muller is coming off a five sets win over Rafael Nadal that took 66 games to decide. In the victory, Muller won 80 percent of his first serve points and 48 percent of his second serve points. Muller started the match off with a 2-0 set lead and managed to win the fifth set that took 28 games to finish. Muller has won no less than 80 percent of his first serve points this tournament and is coming off a performance in which he hit 95 winners. The only question now is what does Muller have left in the tank after playing a match that was a little shy of five hours. Muller looks to make his first ever grand slam semifinal appearance. This is Muller’s second grand slam quarterfinal appearance and first since the 2008 US Open. Muller has won 10 of his last 11 matches on grass court.
These two have played twice and Cilic has won both meetings. The most recent match was in this years Queen's Club Championships, a match Cilic won in three sets. The other match was in the 2016 Rotterdam Open, a match that took two tiebreaks to decide.
Muller just showed that he’s a threat to go deeper in this tournament, as he outplayed and outlasted Nadal, who was on an incredible hot streak where he didn’t drop a set in forever let alone a match. You can make a case for Muller with his play. However, it’s a lot to ask of somebody to beat another quality player with one day off after just playing almost five hours. Conditioning matters the deeper you get in a grand slam, and Muller will be feeling the effects. Cilic is playing really clean tennis, has far less wear and tear and has a thing for the Wimbledon with this being his fourth straight quarterfinal.
I like Cilic to reach the semifinals.