Cilic vs Verdasco by Tennisguy

Cilic
VS
Verdasco
This is a first round match from the Monte Carlo(Monaco) ATP tournament(clay) between Marin Cilic from Croatia and Fernando Verdasco from Spain.

 

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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Pick Bookmaker Odds Stake Result
Verdasco to win Pinnacle 2.73 7 Canceled PUSH (Stake return)
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Comments (2)
Barbudas
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.-
what about doubles - Cilic/Marach - Rosol/Stepanek - 2-6,6-7 here,in Monte Crlo 14.04.2014 ?
04/15/2014 - 15:32
tennisguy
I think it's fair to say that playing a doubled match that took place yesterday doesn't really account for over 10 months of not playing on clay court but if you think so than that's your opinion. Either way it doesn't really matter anymore as Verdasco withdrew from this tournament.
04/15/2014 - 15:52
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