Querrey vs. Cilic
|Date & Time||Friday July 14, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Marin Cilic and Sam Querrey meet in the semifinals of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Marin Cilic is coming off a five sets win over Gilles Muller that took 53 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 84 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Cilic finally showed he was human on the serve, as he won just 47 percent of his second serve points and was broken three times. However, Cilic did hit 74 winners and dominated the deciding fifth set, 6-1. Cilic has hit no less than 39 winners in each of his last five matches and has won no less than 79 percent of his first serve points this entire tournament. The only thing you can question with Cilic at this point is his conditioning after a five setter. Cilic looks to make his second career grand slam final and first since the 2015 US Open. Cilic is 1-2 in his career in grand slam semifinal appearances. Cilic has won nine of his last 10 matches on grass court.
Sam Querrey is coming off a five sets win over Andy Murray that took 46 games to decide. In the victory, Querrey won 84 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. Querrey dropped just two games in the final two sets and gave himself 12 break chances against the top player in the world. Querrey has won no less than 83 percent of his first serve points in his last four matches and has been broken 10 times throughout this tournament. Querrey is by far playing his best tennis ever in a grand slam and the confidence is building, but you have to wonder how much he has left in the tank after playing 22 sets to get to this point. Querrey has a chance to reach his first ever grand slam final at 29 years old. Querrey has won seven of his last nine matches on grass court.
These two have played four times and Cilic has won all four meetings. The most recent match was in the 2015 Citi Open, a match Cilic won in straight sets. This will be the fourth meeting between the two on grass.
I question how much Querrey has left after playing so much tennis to get to this point and the fact he’s not used to these deep tournament runs. He’s now being asked to beat back-to-back top-10 players on one of the biggest stages in tennis. You also have the fact Cilic has been the most consistent player between the two this tournament and has owned the head to head even though the grass matches have been competitive. Cilic hasn’t had the occasional dips in his serve and his shotmaking has been on point.
I like Cilic to reach the Wimbledon final.