Cilic vs. Ramos / ATP Shanghai – Out of quarter-final matches we will analyse the one between Croation M. Cilic and Spaniard A. Ramos. Both players needed two sets to pass to quarter-finals; Cilis had defeated S. Johnson, while Ramos outplayed J.L. Struff. Begins: 13.10.2017 – 07:30 CET
One month ago Cilic reached the fifth place in the ATP rank list which is at the same time the best rating in his career. In course of this season the Croat won 36 and lost 16 matches, and he will remember this year by title won in Istanbul where he defeated M. Raonic in the final. Cilic had next good performance at the tournament in s-Hertogenbosch where he reached the semi-final but was defeated after a great struggle by I. Karlovic.
Cilic showed at Queen’s Club courts that grass surface suits him just fine as he reached the final when he lost to F. Lopez, while after that the again reached the final of tournament played on grass surface, famous Wimbledon, that he expectedly lost to R. Federer. Cilic played unexpectedly weakly at recently held tournament in Tokyo where he lost to A. Mannarino in the semi-final. Regarding previous round when he faced S. Johnson, we have seen expectedly uncertain match between two great servers. The firt set was won in the tie-break, while in the second one Cilic made a break worth of quarter-finals.
Ramos is another in a long line of players who improved their best rating this season, and in his case it is 17th place in the ATP list that he held round mid-year. By the Masters in Shanghai his rating went down a bit and at the moment Ramos occupies the 25th place in the ATP list. The Spaniard won the only title in his career in Bastad last season, where he defeated his compatriot F. Verdasco in the final.
Ramos made all his better results this season at the beginning of year when he reached the first final of Masters tournament. It happened in Monte Carlo where he expectedly lost to R. Nadal. Ramo played in the second final this year at the tournament in Sao Paolo, where he lost after three uncertain sets to P. Cuevas. In the round of 16 of tournament in Shanghai, Ramos managed to defeat J.L. Struff after uncertain struggle by 7-6, 6-4. Both sets were similar and Ramos managed to win the key points that tipped the scales in his favour.
M. Cilic – A. Ramos PICK
Head-to-head score between the two players is 3-2 in Cilic’s favour. They played one match this season; that happened in Monte Carlo and Ramos won 6-2, 6-7, 6-2. According to what we have seen in the course of this year we can say that Ramos had an upper hand at clay courts, which is why we can consider Cilic as a slight favourite since the match will be played on faster surface than it is clay. Regardless that Cilic is a favourite to reach the semi-final we should forget that Ramos had a great season and consequently he is supposed to put up a decent resistance.
Pick: over 21.5 games
Odds: 1.73 at unibet (down to 1.68 can be played)