Grigor Dimitrov vs. Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 29, 2019, 8:00 AM (EDT)|
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The number 11 seed, Marin Cilic, has made it into the second round of the 2019 ATP French Open. At this stage of the tournament, Marin Cilic will play against Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria.
Marin Cilic has never been a very strong clay court player and that has been evident this season as the Croatian has failed to make an impact in the major clay tournaments. Cilic in 4-3 this season on clay and he has not made it past the quarterfinals in any tournament. That being said, Marin Cilic won his opening match with ease as he defeated Thomas Fabbiano in straight sets. While Cilic played well, the win was hugely assisted by Fabbiano who looked awful throughout the contest. Fabbiano served very poorly and that allowed Cilic to win many return points. Cilic won 8 return games and 10 service games to secure the victory. This will be a much tougher match for Marin Cilic as his opponent is much stronger.
On the other side of the coin, Grigor Dimitrov battled for 5 sets to win his previous match. It was an exceptional start by Dimitrov as he won the opening 2 sets with ease but the Bulgarian was unlucky and lost the 3rd and 4th sets. Dimitrov showed his class by winning the final set 6-4. Dimitrov is a very accomplished player and while he is not at his best, there is great promise whenever he plays. Dimitrov looked solid during his previous match and he will feel that he can compete against Cilic on clay.
Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov have played each other 5 times in the past. Cilic is currently 4-1 against Dimitrov. None of the prior matches have been played on clay.
Taking everything into consideration, I am going to pick Grigor Dimitrov to win this match. Cilic is a highly accomplished player but he is not strong on clay. Dimitrov is a much stronger clay player and the Bulgarian has the athletic ability to cause Cilic great problems. Dimitrov was solid in the opening round and I see him winning this match also.