Marius Copil vs Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Wednesday October 24, 2018, 10:00 AM (EDT)|
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Marin Cilic has made it into the second round of the 2018 ATP Swiss Indoors where he will be playing Marius Copil.
Marius Copil made it into this tournament via qualifiers where he impressed by winning both matches in straight sets. The form continued for Copil in the first round as he defeated Ryan Harrison in straight sets. Copil served exceptionally well in his last match as he hit 10 aces and only allowed his opponent to break serve once. This will be a very tough second-round match for Copil as his opponent is ranked in the top 10 in the world. While wins in qualifying and against Harrison were impressive, Marius Copil will need to perform at another level if he wishes to compete with Marin Cilic.
Marin Cilic won his opening round match with ease as he beat Denis Shapovalov in straight sets. While Cilic is known as an exceptional server, it was his return game that impressed viewers in the match against Shapovalov. Cilic won 4 return games as he won close to 50% of the points played during Shapovalov’s serve. Marin Cilic has an exceptional record at the Swiss Indoors as he won the title at this tournament in 2016. This is expected to an easy match for Cilic as he is significantly more accomplished when compared to his opponent.
Marius Copil and Marin Cilic have played 3 times in the past with Cilic winning twice and Copil winning once. Cilic’s two wins over Copil came this season at the US Open and Cincinnati Masters. Copil’s win over Cilic was in 2012 at ATP Beijing.
All in all, I am picking Marin Cilic to win this match. Cilic is a much more accomplished player and has an exceptional record at this venue. Having already beaten Marius Copil twice this season, I see Marin Cilic winning against and making the quarterfinals of the Swiss Indoors.