Cilic vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 6, 2016, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Roger Federer and Marin Cilic square off in the quarterfinals of the 2016 Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Steve Johnson that took an hour and a half. In the victory, Federer won 41 of 55 first serve points and racked up 35 winners and 13 unforced errors. Federer has yet to drop a set this tournament and clearly looks like a guy who is no longer banged up. Federer is moving well, hitting the ball with confidence and has produced 64 winners in his last two matches. Federer has a real shot to win yet another grand slam title. Federer Federer hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the fourth straight time. Federer has won seven of his last eight matches on grass.
Marin Cilic is coming off a victory over Kei Nishikori in which he retired due to injury. Cilic played just 13 games in the victory and just over a half hour. Cilic enters this match in great shape given the lack of wear and tear on his body, as he’s played just two and a half hours in his last two matches. Cilic has relied heavily on his service game, as he’s won no less than 85 percent of his first serve points and has dropped just one set this tournament. When Cilic is hitting his spots in his service game, he’s capable of beating anybody in the world. Cilic hopes to make a grand slam semifinal for the fourth time in his career. Cilic has won seven of his last eight matches on grass.
These two have played six times and Federer has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in 2014 US Open, a match Cilic won in straight sets. This will be the first match on grass.
Cilic is more than capable of winning this match, as he showed in the US Open a couple of years ago. However, I’ve been saying for a while now that Federer has another grand slam title in him, and this is his chance to prove it. Federer has the all around game to trip Cilic up.
I’m taking Federer in four entertaining sets.