The Sofia Open tournament takes place in Bulgaria, and in this analysis I will detail the first round match between Marin Cilic and Jonas Forejtek, and I will conclude with the related bet.
Sofia is a town of 2.1 million inhabitants, being the capital of Bulgaria and the largest city in the country.
This tournament is small, ATP 250, with a prize pool of 325,615 euros.
The host is Arena Armeec, which has land covered with a fast, indoor hard.
The competition table includes Shapovalov, Struff, Cilic or De Minaur.
Marin Cilic: Team form, news and statistics
Marin Cilic is a 32-year-old Croatian, ranked 43rd in the ATP.
And Cilic is one of the good players of his generation, he managed what few could, especially in this Nadal-Federer-Djokovic era, namely to win a big slam, the US Open.
So Marin, through this aspect, will remain in the history of tennis, he being a player with many positive results, with titles in Basel, Queen’s or Cincinnati, in 2018 reaching the 3rd place in the world, again a performance.
Now Cilic has dropped, but his game sometimes has a high level and Marin I think can evolve me a few years successfully.
In 2019 he has quarterfinals in Madrid, quarterfinals in Washington and semifinals in Moscow.
And in 2020 it has no performance.
His season is quite modest, but Cilic has played better lately, for example in Paris making two very good matches, in conditions similar to those here, although there the ball had a lower bounce.
But Cilic passed Aliassime, after a solid game, then putting big problems to Humbert, in the end the difference was only a decisive break, obviously for Ugo.
But if he stays focused here, he has a chance at the title.
Jonas Forejtek: Team form, news and statistics
Jonas Forejtek is a 19-year-old Czech, ranked 399th in the ATP.
And Forejtek is one of the talented players in the new wave, he has a pretty visible growth in the last year. Obviously, like all very young players, including him, he was greatly affected by the break due to the pandemic because he stopped his progress, having very few opportunities to collect points.
But Jonas can have a solid 2021 season, and can make the transition to challenger tournaments, now playing more often in ITF competitions.
In 2019 he has the quarterfinals at ITF M15 Faro, the final at ITF M15 Antalya, the title at ITF M25 Vogau and the quarterfinals at ITF M25 Ricany.
And in 2020 it has quarterfinals at ITF M15 Manacor, final at ITF M25 Nussloch, title at ITF M15 Antalya, semifinals at ITF M25 Antalya and semifinals at ITF M25 Prague.
Although most of the positive results came in the form of slag, Forejtek is a versatile, good and fast player in fast conditions.
But Jonas’ form is modest.
Thus he comes after three consecutive defeats, the last two even on hard.
Thus at ITF M25 Hamburg, indoor, he lost 2-6 4-6 with Royer and at ITF M25 Vale do Lobo, on outdoor hard he was defeated 3-6 2-6 by Jesper Jong.
🎾Statistics of direct matches Marin Cilic vs Jonas Forejtek
It is the first direct meeting between the two.
Tennis Prediction of the Day Marin Cilic vs Jonas Forejtek
Marin Cilic has a modest season, for him this quasi freezing of the ATP ranking is beneficial. So here I think Cilic was motivated, being the last tournament of the year for him, having the chance to finish on a positive trend. In addition, his form is growing, in Paris passing by Aliassime until he is defeated by Humbert, in the decisive set. Jonas Forejtek is a talented young man, but he plays almost exclusively in small tournaments, ITF.
In addition, his form is modest, coming after 3 consecutive defeats, the last two in a minimum of sets, although he had in front of tennis players who are not in the top 300 ATP.
And in the last indoor match he clearly lost to Royer, having only one chance to break the whole match.
Thus, I consider that Cilic will not lose his job in the first set, my prediction going on this idea at a rate offered by Betano.
Prediction Today: Jonas Forejtek does not break in the first set