Marin Cilic vs Del Potro Tennis Prediction
The two former US Open Champions, Marin Cilic (2014) and Juan Martin Del Potro (2009), go head to head in the quarterfinal on Wednesday to make a rare semifinal appearance here at the French Open.
Juan Martin Del Potro became the first player to break John Isner’s serve in Paris this fortnight as the Argentinian cruised to a comfortable straight set win in the round of 16, 6-4 6-4 6-4. Apart from losing the first set (1-6) of his first round match against Nicolas Mahut, Del Potro has looked fairly comfortable in all other matches, against Julien Benneteau, Albert Ramos Vinolas, and John Isner.
Del Potro has made the quarterfinal of French Open twice in the past, defeated Tommy Robredo in 2009 but lost the recent one against Roger Federer (2012) in an epic five-set encounter, despite winning the first two sets, 3-6 6-7 6-2 6-0 6-3.
“Marin is a great player. We know each other a lot. We have played great matches in the past, many five-set matches together. I know how tough his game is, but I will try to be even better than my Round of 16 match, play my tennis, and then see if I have a chance to win.” – said Juan Martin Del Potro.
World #6 Juan Martin Del Potro’s record in the grand slams quarterfinals stands at 4/6; however, he won his recent quarterfinal match against Roger Federer in the US Open 2017. One of the three other quarterfinal success came against none other than Marin Cilic (next opponent) in the US Open 2009.
Marin Cilic survived a late surge from Fabio Foginini (not 100% fit) to advance into the quarterfinal of the French Open for the second consecutive season. In 2017, he defeated the likes of Kevin Anderson and Feliciano Lopez to post his career-best result in Paris but lost the quarterfinal match to Stan Wawrinka.
Regardless of his average record in the French Open, the Croatian #1’s recent record in the grand slams is very impressive, having finished as the runner-up at the Australian Open (defeated Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinal) and Wimbledon (defeated Gilles Muller in the quarterfinal).
Marin Cilic has never won more than four consecutive matches in a clay tour-level event in his entire career. The last time he did it was at Rijeka Challenger in 2009, where he went onto win the title.
“There’s going to be a lot of points played from the baseline that can make a difference. I think, in these kind of matches, not many points are differentiating the players. So it’s going to be extremely important to play every single point on a high level.” – Marin Cilic expects a tough match against Juan Martin Del Potro
Marin Cilic suffered one of the toughest defeats of his career against Juan Martin Del Potro when he was just one set away from winning the Davis Cup for his nation in 2016, but the Argentinian launched a sensational comeback to level the tie, 6-7 2-6 7-5 6-4 6-3 (Federico Delbonis defeated Ivo Karlovic in the deciding rubber).
Juan Martin Del Potro holds an unassailable H2H lead (10-2) over Marin Cilic, and he is currently on a seven-match winning streak against the big-serving Croatian. These two players have met thrice on clay with Juan Martin Del Potro winning all three encounters in straight sets. Mental edge and the ability to play well in big stages gives Juan Martin Del Potro the slight edge in this evenly poised quarterfinal match.
Tennis Prediction: Del Potro