Marin Cilic and Roger Federer will go toe-to-toe in the 2nd round of the 2021 French Open from 3pm BST…
Marin Cilic and Roger Federer will go toe-to-toe in the 2nd round of the 2021 French Open from 3pm BST on Thursday.
Cilic was knocked out in the opening rounds of the 2020 French Open and 2021 Australian Open, but did well to avoid that a couple of days ago. He began his 2021 French Open campaign on a comfortable manner by beating Arthur Rinderknech 3-0 (7-6, 6-1, 6-2). Clay is the weakest surface for Cilic, but he looked decent on this surface recently. He has won five of his last eight matches on clay and managed to reach the Semi-Finals in Estoril during this run.
Meanwhile, Federer secured his first victory on clay since 2019 by defeating Denis Istomin in straight sets (6-2,6-4,6-3). Although Federer admitted that he has very low expectations for the French Open, he holds an impressive record in this phase of the competition. Roger has never lost a second-round match on the Parisian clay (15-0).
In addition, he has won nine of his last ten meetings with Cilic across all surfaces. Their latest meeting came in the final of the 2018 Australian Open – where Federer prevailed five sets to claim his most recent Grand Slam title.
Federer to win in straight sets is priced at odds of 81/50 with Bet365.
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