Kohlschreiber vs. Cilic
|Date & Time||Monday July 3, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Kohlschreiber +335 / Cilic -500 -- Over/Under:
Marin Cilic and Philipp Kohlschreiber meet in the first round of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Marin Cilic is coming off a final appearance in the Queen's Club Championships, a match he lost to Feliciano Lopez in three sets. Cilic was deadly with his serve throughout the whole tournament but won just 26 percent of his return points in the final, which is why he fell short of the title. Either way, Cilic has to like his current form and the way he’s serving right now, which always gives him a shot. Cilic has made the quarterfinals of the Wimbledon in each of the last three years, and if he plays as well as he did in his last tournament, he can repeat such a run. Cilic has lost once in the first round of a grand slam since 2012. Cilic has won six of his last eight matches on grass court.
Philipp Kohlschreiber enters this tournament 17-13 this season on the main tour and has played five matches on grass to prepare him for this battle. Even in his losses, Kohlschreiber has been very competitive, forcing three sets and racking up just enough winners to stay in the match. While Kohlschreiber hasn’t been great since making the final in Marrakesh, he’s always a dangerous player due to making his opponent uncomfortable. Kohlschreiber has made the second round of a grand slam once since 2016. Kohlschreiber has made the second round of the Wimbledon once in his last four appearances. Kohlschreiber has split his last eight matches on grass court.
These two have met nine times and Kohlschreiber has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Rotterdam Open, a match Kohlschreiber won in three sets. Cilic’s last win over Kohlschreiber came in 2011, and this will be their first match on grass.
The head to head numbers makes Kohlschreiber worth a look if you’re trying to find an upset. However, these two have played just once since 2012, and we all know Cilic is a far better player now than back then. Also, Kohlschreiber has had little success on grass over the years, especially in this tournament. Take Cilic’s form into question and the fact he’s gotten comfortable in the Wimbledon recently, and you have to predict maybe a four set win.