Cilic vs Verdasco by Tennisguy
Cilic is ranked 27 and Verdasco 26. They have met 9 times with the score being 5-4 in favor of Verdasco. There was only one meeting on clay in Madrid 2008 and surprisingly Cilic managed to win it 6-2, 6-3.
The bookmakers seem to consider Cilic the big favorite here and offered Verdasco quite high odds. I am not really sure that that's really the case because in one corner we have Verdasco, a player that recently won a clay court tournament in Houston, and on the other we have Cilic who not only has he not played a clay court match this year but he hasn't played on this surface since 31.05.2013.
Cilic has had a good year so far but he played only on hard so I'm not sure he is well adjusted for this clay season. Even last year he didn't play a lot of clay as he finished with only 10 matches on this surface. He had 5 wins and 5 losses and lost to players that where not necessarily that good on this surface like for example Dodig, Anderson and Troicki.
Verdasco like I said just won the Houston tournament last week and he did it against Almagro who is a very good clay court player and who was also in a good form. That, to me means that Verdasco is in top shape and he is going to be very prepared for this match also.
This will be a close match but I actually have to give the edge to Verdasco because not only has he played on clay but did it with success, and though Cilic is a very though opponent I think he is going to have problems in his first clay court match of the season.
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