Yoshihito Nishioka vs. Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Monday July 2, 2018, 7:00 AM (EDT)|
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Marin Cilic and Yoshihito Nishioka meet in the first round of the 2018 tennis Wimbledon.
Marin Cilic heads into this tournament in terrific form, as he’s not only playing great tennis overall, but he’s fresh off winning the Queen's Club Championships. Cilic beat an improved Novak Djokovic in the final despite getting just 50 percent of his first serves in play. Cilic has become quite comfortable on grass the last few years and now returns to a tournament where he’s made at least the quarterfinals each of the last four years. Cilic is a legit threat to win the Wimbledon and is worthy of a possible future bet before the first round begins. Cilic hasn’t lost in the first round of a grand slam since the 2016 French Open. Cilic has won 11 of his last 12 matches on grass court.
Yoshihito Nishioka will make his second ever Wimbledon appearance and comes into this tournament with a losing record on the main tour. Nishioka has been quite effective in challenger play, but he’s one of those young players who has had trouble competing when stepping in up competition. With that said, Nishioka did beat Philipp Kohlschreiber in the Australian Open and has pushed players such as Benoit Paire and Marcos Baghdatis to three sets, so it’s not like the 22-year-old can’t hold his own when playing well. The problem for Nishioka has been putting complete matches together and finding a way to beat some of these players. Either way, Nishioka enters this match with zero pressure, so maybe he can use that to his advantage to at the very least steal a set. Nishioka hopes to make the second round of a grand slam for the fourth time in his career. Nishioka has split his last six matches on grass court.
There’s no previous matches between these two players.
This is one of the more lopsided first round matches you’re going to see, as Cilic is a favorite to win this tournament and currently playing his most consistent tennis. Nishioka is a 22-year-old with no success on the big stage and struggles on the main tour regardless of opponent.
Cilic wins this match in straight sets.