Djokovic vs Cilic / ATP Paris – N. Djokovic and M. Cilic should play an interesting quarter-final match. The match is far more important for Cilic who still haven’t qualified for the ATP Finals in London, while Djokovic is almost worry-free given that besides qualifying for London he also climbed at the ATP throne. In the third round Cilic defeated G. Dimitrov, while D. Dzumhur retired at the beginning of second set and Djokovic passed into the quarter-finals.
Djokovic vs Cilic begins 02.11.2018 at 11:00 CET
Since next Monday Djokovic is again World’s no. 1. Due to health problems R. Nadal retired from the ATP Paris and in that way has opened way for Djokovic to take over the leading position in the ATP list. It is very likely that the Serbian will take over the leading position without Nadal’s retirement. Djokovic is again on the throne and now can play without pressure and seek to win new titles and set new records.
Regarding records, after match with D. Dzumhur, Djokovic has improved his personal of 29 consecutively won games. The figure now stands at 30, and after match with Cilic the record could be even better. Regarding match with D. Dzumhur, we could say that we haven’t seen anything interesting as the Bosnian was totally unprepared for the match which was confirmed at the beginning of the second set when he retired.
In order to qualify for the ATP Finals in London Cilic must reach the semi-finals of the Masters in Paris. It is very difficult task for the Croatian given that he faces N. Djokovic in the quarter-finals. Still, even if Cilic losses to Djokovic he might qualify for the ATP Finals but in that case he depends from results of other players who are still in the race to qualify for going to London.
The Croatian is currently World’s no. 7 and has win/loss ratio is 39-17. Cilic won 18 titles in his career out of which one this season at the tournament in Queen’s Club where he defeated no other player than N. Djokovic in the final. Cilic had difficult match with G. Dimitrov in the previous round. Both players were equal competitors and the match lasted a bit less than one hour. Both of them had periods of dominance but Cilic won key points.
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Their head-to-head score is by far on Djokovic’s side,15-2. The two players met twice this season and Cilic won the final of Queen’s Club, while Djokovic revenged in the semi-final of Masters in Cincinnati. It is expected from Djokovic to win the title and reaching the semi-finals is something that should come naturally. If he serves like he did against Dimitrov Cilic could turn this quarter-final match into an interesting one and consequently we expect a bit larger number of games.
Pick: over 20.5 games
Odds: 1.75 at betvictor (down to 1.70 can be played)
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