Ryan Harrison vs Marin Cilic Tennis Prediction
Cilic leads their H2H 6-1 (1-0 on clay) including winning their recent four meetings. This is only the Croatian’s second match after marriage, and he looked far from convincing in his first match (against Malek Jaziri).
Marin Cilic News
Entering the main draw of ATP Istanbul as the top seed days after his marriage, Marin Cilic was dispatched in straight sets by the eventual runner-up Malek Jaziri in the first round, 4-6 2-6.
World #5 Marin Cilic now makes his tenth appearance in the Rome Masters as he attempts to defend the quarterfinal points that he earned last season. It was also his best result in this tournament (QF in 2017 and 2011).
In 2017, Marin Cilic got a first-round bye and faced none other than his next opponent this week, Ryan Harrison, in the second round. He managed to defeat Harrison (R2) and David Goffin (R16) in straight sets before losing to John Isner in the quarterfinal.
The 2018 Australian Open runner-up has posted disappointing results in his season’s previous three Masters events, as he failed to win more than two completed matches at Indian Wells, Miami, and Monte Carlo.
Ryan Harrison News
Ryan Harrison got a favorable first round draw, and he made the best use of it by handing Yuichi Sugita his ninth straight defeat, 7-6 6-3, on Sunday.
It was only the American’s second win in this tournament (three appearances) with his previous win coming against compatriot Jared Donaldson in the first round of 2017 edition.
The last time Ryan Harrison won consecutive matches on tour was at Acapulco (March) where he reached the quarterfinal by defeating Diego Schwartzman and John Isner. It was Harrison’s second quarterfinal of the season having previously finished as the runner-up at Brisbane in the season opener.
Tennis Prediction: Marin Cilic 2-0 SET