Marin Cilic vs. Novak Djokovic
|Date & Time||Friday September 11, 2015, 10:00 PM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic meet on Friday in the semifinals of the 2015 US Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a four set victory over Feliciano Lopez and has played 17 sets this tournament. Djokovic is winning at least 69 percent of his first serve points and 52 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic has combined for 28 aces, 115 winners and 85 unforced errors in his last three matches. Djokovic has been a little sloppy in his last two matches, as he’s allowed guys to hang around and has produced 30-plus unforced errors in two of his last three matches. Still, a little rest should go a long way for Djokovic, and he’s still winning a high percentage of his points on his first serve. Djokovic has been eliminated in the semifinals of a grand slam just three times since 2012. A win here would mark six US Open final appearances for Djokovic.
Marin Cilic is coming off a five set win over Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and has played 20 sets this tournament. Cilic is winning at least 76 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Cilic has combined for 79 aces, 170 winners and 113 unforced errors in his last three matches. Cilic has been lights out with his first serve all tournament and has hit 52 or more winners in each of his last three matches. Cilic is playing some clean tennis this tournament but has played 14 sets in his last three matches. Cilic has to be confident heading into this match based on his service game. This is Cilic’s third grand slam semifinal appearance of his career. Cilic hopes to reach back-to-back US Open finals.
These two have played 13 times in the past, and Djokovic has won every single meeting against Cilic. The most recent match was in this year's Wimbledon, a match Djokovic won in straight sets. In fact, Djokovic has won the last three matches against Cilic in straight sets. Cilic has won six sets against Djokovic overall. This will be the 10th time Cilic and Djokovic meet on hard court.
Yes, I know Djokovic has owned Cilic throughout his career and he deserves to be the favorite. However, this line is simply insane. Cilic always has a shot with his service game, and he’s the defending US Open champion.
A little respect, eh?
I think Cilic has the potential for an upset. But for the sake of the article, I’m siding with Djokovic to move onto the final.