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Cilic vs Schwartzman ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Cilic and Schwartzman target second Rogers Cup quarter-final

Andrew Hendrie in ATP Tour 9 Aug 2018
  • Marin Cilic vs Diego Schwartzman is live from Toronto at 4.00pm local time on Thursday (9.00pm BST)
  • The pair have split their previous two meetings at one win apiece
Marin Cilic (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

Sixth seed Marin Cilic takes on 11th seed Diego Schwartzman on Thursday at the Rogers Cup as the pair battle it out for a ticket into the quarter-finals.

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Both Cilic and Schwartzman have one Rogers Cup quarter-final to their name - however they couldn’t be further apart as far as when they achieved it, with the Croatian reaching the last eight in his first ever appearance in Canada all the way back in 2008, while the Argentine advanced into his first hardcourt Masters 1000 quarter-final last season when the event was played in Montreal.

Cilic opened his campaign on Tuesday night against compatriot Borna Coric. Both players have experienced some ups and downs this season, but it was Cilic who was able to finish stronger, registering a 6-3 3-6 6-1 victory for his seventh consecutive win over Coric.

In a way, that match was indicative of Cilic’s season as a whole - tremendous tennis at times mixed in with some poor errors and questionable decisions. Cilic of course started the season with a bang as he finished runner-up to Roger Federer at the Australian Open, but it’s been mostly downhill from there, with the 2017 Wimbledon runner-up opting to play the Latin America ‘Golden Swing’ in the lead-up to the first two Masters 1000 events in the USA - and after losing to Gael Monfils in Rio de Janeiro, Cilic lost early at both Indian Wells and Miami.

Cilic was generally solid without being spectacular during a clay season that was highlighted by a semi-final showing in Rome and quarter-finals at Roland Garros and Monte-Carlo, and after beating Nick Kyrgios and Novak Djokovic to capture his first title of the season at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club, it appeared as if the 29-year-old was ready to take home a maiden Grand Slam title at Wimbledon. But that dream evaporated almost immediately as Cilic inexcusably squandered a two-set lead against Guido Pella to crash out in the second round.


Playing his first tournament since Wimbledon, can Cilic match his 2008 effort and reach the Rogers Cup quarter-finals on Thursday?

Diego Schwartzman (Photo by Abbie Parr/Getty Images)
Not if Diego Schwartzman has anything to do with it. The Argentine’s brilliant late-season surge at the end of 2017 began at the Canada Masters last season as he beat Dominic Thiem to make the Rogers Cup quarter-finals, while he backed that result up by reaching his maiden Grand Slam quarter-final at the U.S. Open shortly afterwards. Schwartzman would go on to finish runner-up in Antwerp and make the semi-finals of the ATP 500 Japan Open in Tokyo to end the season inside the top 25 - and he’s climbed even higher throughout 2018.

Schwartzman is a solid 27-17 for the season so far, highlighted by winning his biggest career title at the ATP 500 Rio Open, reaching his second Grand Slam quarter-final at the French Open - coming back to beat Kevin Anderson in five sets along the way before taking a set off Rafael Nadal - while he also advanced to the fourth round of the Australian Open and quarter-finals in Buenos Aires and Hamburg last week.

Hitting a career-high ranking of No. 11 as a result, Schwartzman has dropped one spot to No. 12 heading into Toronto, but the top 10 is within his grasp if he can move on here at the Rogers Cup and post a similar result in Cincinnati last week. The 25-year-old has won back-to-back matches for the first time on hardcourt since the Australian Open this week with victories over Kyle Edmund and Sam Querrey.

Cilic won their first meeting on the clay of Istanbul last season, but Schwartzman got his revenge in a big way as he won their U.S. Open third round encounter later in the year. The Argentine has consistently proven that he can punch above his weight and take big scalps on tour, and if he plays his best tennis on Thursday, he could do it again. Cilic has been very erratic this season and wasn’t entirely convincing against Coric. If Schwartzman gets enough balls back and can serve accurately, the Argentine has it in him to pull off the upset and return to the Rogers Cup quarter-finals.


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Cilic vs Schwartzman ATP Toronto live streaming, preview and tips - Cilic and Schwartzman target second Rogers Cup quarter-final

Sixth seed Marin Cilic takes on 11th seed Diego Schwartzman on Thursday at the Rogers Cup as the pair battle it out for a ticket into the quarter-finals.

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