Tsonga vs Cilic / Davis Cup – J.W. Tsonga and M. Cilic will fight for the second point in the final of the Davis Cup. The pressure on players in this match will depend largely on result of the previous match but we can say in advance that is always expected more from the hosts. Croatia was in similar situation two years ago when he lost at home to Argentina. Atmosphere it the hall should be heated and we should expect an excellent match.
Tsonga vs Cilic begins 23.11.2018 at 16:00 CET
Tsonga had many problems this season with injuries and he played just a couple serious matches in last month. The French occupies mere 259th place in the ATP list at the moment and he played only 11 matches this season out of which he won five and lost six. In his career Tsonga won 16 ATP titles, including four won last season. Right by this information we can see that Tsonga skipped almost the entire 2018 season.
Of course, if he wins the Davis Cup with the French national team it would make the situation much better but to achieve that he would have to play the best he can. Despite very few matches played this year we can single out the semi-finals of the tournament in Montpellier where he had to retire after in the second set after a great battle. Tsonga was member of the French national team last year when it won the Davis Cup, and then he won one and lost the second match.
Cilic is the best ranked Croatian player for some time now. Before the Davic Cup Cilic occupied the 7th place in the ATP list and he held the best rating at the beginning of season when he was World’s no. 3. The Croatian won 18 ATP titles in his career including one won this season at the tournament in Queen’s Club where he defeated N. Djokovic in the final.
Given that the final of the Davis Cup is played on clay courts we will take a closer look at Cilic’s results made on this type of surface. At the Masters in Monte Carlo he reached the quarter-finals when he lost to K. Nishikori, and he made a step further at the Masters in Rome where A. Zverev stopped him. The strongest tournament played on clay courts, the Roland Garros, had ended for Cilic in the quarter-finals after defeat by J.M. Del Potro. Croatia hosted the USA in the seme-finals on clay courts and Cilic won one and lost another match.
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Head-to-head score between the two players is 5-2 for Cilic. The two of them met the last time in the quarter-finals of tournament in Rotterdam last year and Tsonga won 7-6, 7-6. Before the match Cilic had four-game winning streak against Tsonga, including one won on clay courts. Given that Cilic had made many good results this season we can consider him as a favourite to win. However, the Davis Cup is a specific competition in which many other circumstance play great role, like atmosphere created by spectators. That could significantly boost Tsonga’s morale and he could play a very good match and win point for his national team.
Pick: Tsonga +5.5 games
Odds: 1.70 at betsson (down to 1.65 can be played)
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