Cilic vs. Wawrinka
|Date & Time||Wednesday June 7, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Cilic +210 / Wawrinka -230 -- Over/Under:
Stan Wawrinka and Marin Cilic meet in the quarterfinals of the 2017 French Open.
Stan Wawrinka is coming off a straight sets win over Gael Monfils that took 33 games to decide. In the victory, Wawrinka won 70 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Wawrinka was able to cruise past a top-20 player in the world despite winning just 38 percent of return points and struggling with his second serve. We all know Wawrinka seems to improve his play the deeper he goes into the tournament, and that's scary considering he has yet to drop a set. Wawrinka hopes to make his ninth career grand slam semifinal. Wawrinka is 8-6 in his career in grand slam quarterfinal trips. Wawrinka has won eight straight matches on clay court.
Marin Cilic is coming off a two set win over Kevin Anderson that took 12 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 82 percent of his first serve points and 47 percent of his second serve points. Cilic will have a major rest advantage after having to play just over one set in his fourth round match before Anderson retired. Cilic has yet to drop a ser this tournament and has now broken his opponents a combined 20 times. When you add in the way Cilic is returning with the way hes capable of serving, he’s instantly become a guy who is in solid position to win his second career grand slam title. Cilic hopes to make his fourth career grand slam semifinal. Cilic is 3-5 in his career in grand slam quarterfinal appearances. Cilic has won six of his last seven matches on clay court.
These two have played 13 times in the past and Wawrinka has won 11 of those meetings. The last match came in the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals, a match Wawrinka won in straight sets. Cilic’s last win over Wawrinka came in the 2010 Australian Open. Wawrinka is 5-0 against Cilic on clay court.
Even with the rest advantage, Cilic has give us no reason to beat Wawrinka, as he hasn't beaten him in seven years and has yet to beat him on clay. Wawrinka also has a long history of taking his play to another level the deeper he goes in a tournament. As long as Wawrinka keeps a level head and doesn't give us a match filled with unforced errors, this is a match he should win.
Wawrinka to the semifinals.