Cilic vs. Federer
|Date & Time||Sunday July 16, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Federer -525 / Cilic +415 -- Over/Under:
Roger Federer and Marin Cilic meet in the final of the 2017 Wimbledon.
Roger Federer is coming off a straight sets win over Tomas Berdych that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Federer won 84 percent of his first serve points and 60 percent of his second serve points. Federer still has yet to drop a set in his last 11 matches and is coming off a match in which he got 67 percent of his first serves in play while hitting 53 winners. Federer is simply playing some of his best tennis in quite some time, as he has everything working for him and is proving the time off can do wonders for a guy his age. There’s really not much Federer can improve on heading into the title match, as the 35-year-old is serving, returning and hitting his spots with ease all while playing the fewest tennis possible to get to get to this spot. Federer hopes to win his 19th career grand slam title and eighth Wimbledon title. Federer is 16-6 in his career in final appearances on grass. Federer has won 11 straight matches on grass court.
Marin Cilic is coming off a four sets win over Sam Querrey that took 48 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 88 percent of his first serve points and 67 percent of his second serve points. Cilic has won no less than 79 percent of his first serve points in each match this tournament and is coming off a performance in which he had 70 winners to 21 unforced errors. Cilic has been broken 10 times in his last five matches, so there is an opening for his opponent to capitalize, but his serving consistency and constant winners has become overwhelming for his opponent. Cilic has combined for 144 winners in his last two matches, a formula that makes anybody tough to beat on any given day. Cilic looks for his second career grand slam title and first since the 2014 US Open. Cilic is 1-2 in his career in final appearances on grass. Cilic has won 10 of his last 11 matches on grass court.
These two have played seven times and Federer has won six of those meetings. The most recent match was in the 2016 Wimbledon, a match Federer won in five sets. Cilic’s only win over Federer came in the 2014 US Open. This will be the second time these two meet on grass court.
I can only say it one more time, Federer was my pick to win the Wimbledon before the tournament started, and he’s shown me nothing to shy away from that pick. The guy is simply on another level right now and looks unbeatable. While Cilic is a respectable opponent in his own right, there’s nothing tripping up Federer in his current form. He has everything working for him at the moment.
Federer wins his second grand slam of the year.