Dimitrov vs. Cilic
|Date & Time||Saturday August 6, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov meet in the first round of the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics.
Marin Cilic should enter this tournament with a lot of motivation after coming up short in the past two olympics and winning just seven of his last 13 matches overall. Cilic has dropped a little bit in the rankings lately and a first round exit in the Canadian Masters didn’t help matters. However, Cilic is one of the more dangerous players in the field when he’s serving well and he’s at his best when playing on hard court. Cilic just has to put his past performances behind him and focusing on holding serve, putting all the pressure on his opponent. Cilic will be a tough out if he can return to form here. Cilic has split his last 10 matches on hard court.
Grigor Dimitrov has split his last six matches and is coming off a quarterfinals appearance in the Canadian Masters. Dimitrov has had a really frustrating 2016 that has included losses to lesser talented players and mental lapses that have resulted in countless errors. We all know Dimitrov is as talented as they come and he’s capable of beating anybody when he’s on, but he’s become so unpredictable and hard to trust regardless of the competition. The good news for Dimitrov is that he did show signs of returning to solid form the last time we saw him. Dimitrov has split his last 10 matches on hard court.
These two have split the previous two meetings between them. Dimitrov won the 2015 Paris masters and Cilic won the 2014 Brisbane International. Both matches were decided in straight sets.
This could be a terrific first round match given the talent level of both players, but you have to side with Cilic. Dimitrov is far too inconsistent and allows his mental game to take over matches far too often.
Cilic should win this match but both sets should be tight.