Grigor Dimitrov vs Marin Cilic - 2021 Australian Open Men's Singles First Round
Sunday February 7th, 2021 / 11:15pm EST
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A blockbuster First Round match awaits us at the 2021 Australian Open when Marin Cilic of Croatia faces eighteenth seed Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria. It is unfortunate that two players of their stature are meeting so early in a tournament but Cilic’s ranking has declined sharply in recent times and he is unseeded. The match is scheduled to take place on Sunday February 7th, 2021 at a time yet to be determined. Cilic leads the head to head by 4 wins to 2. Can he topple the seeded Dmitrov for the fifth time?
Grigor Dimitrov is currently ranked 19 and has had a resurgence over the past year. After struggling for form and fitness for a while, he has worked his way back and is now seemingly close to his best. Once ranked as high as #3, he has been a Semi-Finalist here in Melbourne before and will be looking for a deep run here. He had a decent warm-up event at the Murray River Open, reaching the Quarter-Finals before losing to Frenchman Corentin Moutet in straight sets. He knows he will have to do better if he is to make the second week here but he has a lot of experience to fall back on.
Marin Cilic is currently ranked #43 and is a far cry from the player he once was, a Grand Slam Winner and world #3. He has struggled for form over the past few years and is handed a rough draw here in Melbourne. He is still a dangerous player even though he is seemingly approaching the end of his career, with a very strong serve and groundstrokes. He is not off to the best start in 2021, losing in the First Round to Jeremy Chardy in the warm up event.
This is a classic battle between two former top 5 players and it is sure to be an entertaining one. Cilic is far from his best but he will still be able to pull a huge performance out of his sleeve. That being said, the smart money is on Dimitrov. He is simply the better player at this stage in their careers and he should win here, in 4 or 5 sets.