Cilic Needs A Victory to Better Current Results.
Seldom do I hype tennis matches, because a lot of the time matches simply don’t deserve the hype. So, you may think I’m crazy because I’m about to hype a Quarter Final match where the head-to-head is 7-1. Andy Murray has beaten Marin Cilic 7 times. Cilic only beat him once, at the 2009 US Open, which is exactly why I’m hyping this match. Cilic was not well known before the 2009 US Open. He beat Murray in 3 set, 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 match. Now Murray was battling a wrist injury. But, arguably Cilic never would have soared to a career high ranking of nine in 2010, nor would he have gone all the way to the Semi Finals at the following grand slam, the 2010 Australian Open.
Since then, one could argue that Cilic has not done much. That’s exactly why he needs to play his best against Andy Murray tomorrow. Cilic has reached five Master’s 1000 Quarter Finals, four being on hard courts the other on clay. In order to take the next step in his tennis career Cilic needs to reach a Semi Final of a Master’s 1000, he needs to get over the hurdle that he has never gotten over before. If his head-to-head against Murray is any indication, Cilic can win the match.
Based on those stats picture above, it seems that Cilic has a chance. How much of chance? Well let’s take a look at their most recent match at the 2012 US Open:
Cilic’s stats are on the right, while Murray’s are on left. The ace stat clearly hurt Cilic in that match, with his height he shouldn’t be serving three aces in a match. But, what really hurt him was his 2nd serve points won percentage. Other than that, the stats were pretty even. It should also be mentioned that Cilic’s Quarter Final at the 2012 US Open, did come as a surprise Many had written off Cilic after being unable to back up his Australia Open semi final. Yet, Cilic feeds off of good results, so a Semi Final here could lead to better things come clay season, and beyond.