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Australian Open: Felix Auger-Aliassime vs. Marin Cilic 1/24/22 Tennis Prediction

Felix Auger-Aliassime vs Marin Cilic
January 24, 2022 12:00 am EDT

Felix Auger-Aliassime faces Marin Cilic in the fourth round of the 2022 Australian Open on Monday, January 24th 2022.

Will Marin Cilic make it back to back top 10 wins here at the AO as he aims to get himself into his first grand slam quarter final since the US Open in 2019, or will Felix Auger-Aliassime get one step closer to matching his result here last year as he aims to get one step closer to the semifinals?

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Marin Cilic played an incredible match in the third round, knocking out the heavy favourite, Andrey Rublev, in 4 sets. What was incredible about this match was the amount of first and second serves that went in from Marin, but not just going in the court and average speeds. Marin was hitting with incredible speed and power, taking time away from Rublev, and forcing him to take shots early which took away his direction. If Cilic can play like this in every match, we should not be shocked by upsets.

Felix played a dominant match in the third round, absolutely destroying the always tough Dan Evans, in straight sets. Felix lost only 5 games throughout the entire match, and he was great on return, converting 6/7 break point chances. Felix’ first serve was on fire, with the Canadian winning 91% of his first serve points and hitting 16 aces. This is a great match for his form and his confidence coming into the second week. However, he meets a much tougher opponent now.

This is going to be the 4th meeting between both players, with Marin having won all of their prior encounters. Although Felix played a great match in the third round, Marin played an even better one. Marin had the much tougher opponent, and he was able to really take time away from Rublev. Felix is a big hitter, and he can get himself on top of points through his serve and forehand, but Rublev is the same, and Marin just neutralised all of that. With nerves, and lack of experience, in play, I think Marin can hold his nerve more in this tight encounter.

Liam Elyes's Free Pick:
Marin Cilic (4 Sets)

Liam Elyes

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