Novak Djokovic vs. Marin Cilic
|Date & Time||Friday May 10, 2019, 6:00 AM (EDT)|
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Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic meet in the quarterfinals of the 2019 tennis Madrid Open.
Novak Djokovic is coming off a straight sets win over Jeremy Chardy that took 20 games to decide. In the victory, Djokovic won 83 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Djokovic won 76 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his four break points. Djokovic looked more like the player we’re used to seeing, as he was going for his shots with confidence, saved all four of his break points and pounced on the small openings his opponent gave. Djokovic has yet to be broken through four sets this tournament. Djokovic looks to win three straight matches for the first time since winning the Australian Open. Djokovic has won four of his last five matches on clay court.
Marin Cilic is coming off a three sets win over Laslo Djere that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 82 percent of his first serve points and 46 percent of his second serve points. Cilic won 66 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his seven break points. Cilic showed great fight to win a match after dropping the opening set, but he’s been in questionable form overall, as he’s played nine sets through three matches to get to this point and has had issues with his second serve. Of course, Cilic entered this tournament on a four-match losing streak, so victories however they come is progress, but this isn’t the same player who finished last year on a hot streak. Cilic has a chance to win four straight matches for the first time since making the quarterfinals in the US Open. Cilic has won three of his last four matches on clay court.
These two have played 19 times and Djokovic has won 17 of those matches, including the most recent in London 2018. They’ve played just once on clay, which was in the 2014 French Open and 12 of the matches overall were decided in straight sets.
Cilic has struggled to win matches he usually wins in straight sets and isn’t serving consistently. Djokovic is playing some of his best tennis in weeks and has simply owned the h2h history with only two losses in 19 tries. This is likely going to be a quick match given how Cilic has struggled to put away lesser opponents. He’s just not the same player he was at the end of last year.
Djokovic cruises to the semifinals.