Tuesday, February 18, 2020 at 12:00 PM (Marseille)
Marin Cilic begins his ATP tour with his first-round match against Ilya Ivashka in the 2020 Marseille Open.
Marin Cilic is trying to regain his form after an up and down 2019 season. Marin Cilic, a former Grand Slam champion, is such an experienced player, he is tall, has a big serve, and an amazing forehand. However, in the last year or so, his serve has not been as powerful as it used to be. Cilic will be extremely determined to have a better 2020 season and potentially achieve a top 10 ranking again. Cilic has a lot of experience and he still has a lot to give on the tennis court. It will be interesting to see how his 2020 season will pan out.
Ilya Ivashka came through qualifying and unfortunately is not at the level necessary to compete in ATP Tournament throughout 2020. Ivashka is more of a challenger level player and even then he struggles to find consistency. Although Ivashka is not at the necessary level, we often see a lot of extremely low ranked players, give higher ranked players a run for their money. Ivashka has nothing to lose, and might be able to keep this match tight if he plays his best tennis.
This will be the first meeting between both players, but even if Ivashka comes out playing his best, he is still too far from being able to upset Marin Cilic. Cilic is taller, stronger, faster and has much more experience. Expect Cilic to dominate and win this match easily.
Marin Cilic to win.