Cilic vs Del Potro
Marin Cilic - Juan Martin Del Potro
There is this kind of players who are constructing their games behind huge serves and huge forehands. Despite Marin Cilic being a refined version of a big serving and big hitting guy, he has the same main weapons.
And there is this Juan Martin Del Potro who records great success against them, maybe even bigger than the guys in Big4 (Federer, Nadal, Djokovic, Murray). Maybe.
Fact is the argentine is serving as big as them, yet he's way better in returning.
And the advantage these tall guys have against the pack, especially on french clay, the fact that after hitting the ground the ball is rising uncomfortably high, is not that much an advantage against a 1.98 m tall guy like Delpo.
For the past year he had a weak part on that post injury backhand, yet nowdays he is hitting the slice shot much rarely and he's driving the backhand more often. Goodbye weak spot. With that kick serve out wide and the inside out huge forehand Isner would expose any BH weakness. He didn't. Even more, as he usually does against the big serving + big hitting guys, Felpo won against Isner by breaking the best serve in the world in every set.
Befor beating Isner by 6 games, the Argentine has beaten Ramos by 9, Benneteau by 9 and Mahut by 6, as coming after injury he opened this tournament by losing 1-6 the 1st set.
On the other side, Cilic has lost 2 sets in a 6 games win over Fognini, he has won by 9 in straights over Johnson,. he lost 1 set to hurcacz, winning by 9 games and he won the opener over Duckworth by 6 games.
To me this matchup needs no overthinking, as the h2h record is favouring Del Potro by 10 to 2, in 3/5 matches the Argentine leads by 5 to 1 and in those 5 wins he had a 2 games differential in that Davis Cup Finals on Cilic's homecourt, coming after injury, while in the rest he won by 6, 10, 14 and 9.
I see Juan Martin del Potro winning tomorrow by something around 5-6 games and climbing on the ATP no4 ranking where now resides ... Marin Cilic.
Let's go green!
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Cilic vs Del Potro prediction
|Juan Martin Del Potro -3 games||Pinnacle||1.97||9||1-3 WON (+8.73 units)|