Marin Cilic vs. Joao Sousa
|Date & Time||Thursday July 4, 2019, 7:30 AM (EDT)|
All England Lawn Tennis & Croquet Club
London, United Kingdom
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Marin Cilic and Joao Sousa meet in the second round of the 2019 tennis Wimbledon.
Marin Cilic is coming off a straight sets win over Adrian Mannarino that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 83 percent of his first serve points and 50 percent of his second serve points. Cilic won 71 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his eight break points. Cilic got 65 percent of his first serves in play, saved four of his five break points and hit 16 aces. While this hasn’t been a great year for Cilic, he’s going to be a handful if he can get so many free points with his serve. Cilic looks to win back-to-back matches for the first time since Madrid. Cilic hopes to make the third round of a grand slam for the eighth time in his last 10 tries. Cilic has won three of his last four matches on grass court.
Joao Sousa is coming off a four sets win over Paul Jubb that took 35 games to decide. In the victory, Sousa won 75 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Sousa won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on eight of his 14 break points. Sousa got 57 percent of his first serves in play and hit 12 aces, and he also won the first seven games of the match. A quick start once again will be key for Sousa if he’s going to make his second career third round appearance at the Wimbledon. Sousa looks to make the third round of a grand slam for the eighth time in his career. Sousa has split his last four matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Cilic has won all four meetings in straight sets. The most recent match was in last years Australian Open. This will be the first match on grass.
Sousa is going to have trouble hanging around in this match if he can’t get more of his first serves in play, as Cilic looked impressive in his opener and his serve game is strong right now. When Cilic is hitting his spots and not giving away break points, his opponent has to play nearly perfect and I’m not confident in Sousa, who usually comes up small on the big stage.
Give me Cilic in straight sets like the previous four meetings.