Cilic - Edmund
Tipster: Expert Tennis
Category: Tennis Prediction
Betting prediction: Cilic- 4 games
Starting Time: 01/25/2017 - 03:30 PM
Marin Cilic is enjoying a dream start to the season with a big chance to get into the finals of the Australian Open over the British player Kyle Edmund. He did have issues in Pune where he lost to Simon in three sets, followed by another defeat from Ebden in Kooyong. However, all of the above were exhibitional preparation games. In the Australian Open he has really been playing some stunning both handed tennis and has been very effective both on first and second serve. He defeated Vasek Pospisil, Joao Sousa, Ryan Harrison and Carreno Busta up to now spreading his game evenly and we believe he could have defeated Rafael Nadal too if the latter did not have to retire.
Kyle Edmund is a new name on the tennis stage and it’s the first time in his career that he has come this far. Defeating some very well-known players on his way here (Kevin Anderson, Denis Istomin, Nikolos Basilashvili, Andreas Seppi and Grigor Dimitrov) has been very impressive.
However, the Croatian right now is playing some of the best tennis of his life and if he manages to maintain the level of confidence and ball striking from the back of the court there can only be one winner in this match.
Marin is a better server, has a better backhand and is better close to the net. The only advantage Edmund has is his forehand which is very aggressive while Cilic makes a lot of mistakes. Edmund has a chance only if he forces the Croatian to hit a lot of unforced errors early enough in the game by keeping the ball to the far right of the field. That would frustrate Cilic and make him lose his concentration.
The two players have met only once before at the end of 2017. Cilic won in straight sets by 6-3 and 7-6. Overall, the Croatian has the clear advantage. He is more experienced in these situations, is in good shape and it is far more likely that he will break Edmund’s serve. He is clearly the better choice for a winner and the odds of 1.74 offered on Pinnacle is worth the risk.
Add Date: 01/20/2017 - 10:30 PM