Grigor Dimitrov vs. Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Thursday November 1, 2018, 5:00 AM (EDT)|
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Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov meet in the third round of the 2018 tennis Paris Masters.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Philipp Kohlschreiber that took 19 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 80 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Cilic won 69 percent of his total service points and produced three breaks on five break points. Cilic finally put together a complete performance, as he entered this tournament losing five of his last seven matches and many of those results came as him being heavily favored. We all know what Cilic is capable of, it’s just a matter of him hitting his spots and playing clean, error free tennis. Cilic has a chance to win two matches in a single tournament for the first time since the US Open. Cilic has split his last four matches on indoor hard court.
Grigor Dimitrov is coming off a straight sets win over Roberto Bautista-Agut that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Dimitrov won 78 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Dimitrov won 64 percent of his total service points and converted on three of his six break points. Dimitrov could clean up the six double faults and do a cleaner job with his return, but he’ll take the feel good victory considering he entered this tournament losing five of his last eight matches. Dimitrov has struggled quite a bit this year. Dimitrov now looks to win two matches in a single tournament for the first time since Toronto. Dimitrov has won two of his last three matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played four times and Cilic has won three of the matches. The most recent meeting was in 2016 in Cincinnati, a match Cilic won in three sets. Dimitrov’s only win over Cilic came in the 2015 Paris Masters. Three of the four matches have been decided in straight sets.
Both of these players are top tier when playing well, but they’ve been very inconsistent over the last few months. The difference is Cilic has looked much sharper when he’s been on, and he has that power serve that can get him out of trouble. Also, Cilic owns the head to head over Dimitrov quite clearly.
I trust Cilic a tad bit more in this match.