Rafael Nadal vs. Marin Cilic - 9/2/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Rafael Nadal vs. Marin Cilic - 9/2/19 US Open Tennis Pick, Odds, and Prediction Photo by Robert Deutsch-USA TODAY Sports

Marin Cilic vs. Rafael Nadal

Monday, September 2, 2019 at 6:00 PM (Flushing Meadows)

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Spanish tennis superstar, Rafael Nadal has made it into the quarterfinals of the 2019 US Open. At this stage of the tournament, Nadal will play against Marin Cilic from Croatia. 

Marin Cilic was very impressive in the previous round as he defeated John Isner in 4 sets. Cilic impressed with his serving as he hit 21 aces which helped him win 67% of his service points. During the win, Marin Cilic won 95% of his service games and 2 return games. It has been a strong tournament for Marin Cilic as he has shown good form by serving with consistency and playing with composure. Cilic has had a tough 2019 season but the Croatian looks to be over his injury issues and back in good form. This will be a big challenge for Cilic as he is playing against Rafa. 

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On the other side of the coin, Rafael Nadal has been outstanding all tournament and he showed his class in the previous round where he defeated Chung Hyeon in straight sets. Nadal won 79% of his service points which allowed him to win all of his service games. In addition to that, Rafael Nadal also broke his opponent’s serve on 4 occasions. It has been a very strong few weeks for Rafael Nadal as he enters this match having won the Cincinnati Masters. Watching Rafael Nadal play at this tournament, the Spaniard will be very tough to beat. 

Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic have played each other 8 times in the past. Nadal has won on 6 occasions while Cilic has won twice. The most recent match between these two players was in 2018 at the Rogers Cup where Rafael Nadal won in 3 sets. 

Marin Cilic has managed to regain some form but I still see the Croatian losing this match. Rafael Nadal is playing on a much higher level and the Spaniard seems to be controlling matches with ease. Nadal has been outstanding all tournament and I see him being good enough to defeat Marin Cilic. 

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