The second round of the 2019 French Open has a big match for us as Marin Cilic and Grigor Dimitrov will play each other and in some of the previous years, this could have easily been a quarterfinals match here in Paris. This match will be played on Wednesday, May 29, with the order of play yet to be released. Get Marin Cilic v Grigor Dimitrov live streaming options here.
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Marin Cilic v Grigor Dimitrov Head to Head
This will be the sixth match between these two players but the first one on clay. Cilic has a 4-1 advantage from the previous five, winning the last match between them 7-6, 6-4, also in Paris last year but in the indoors Masters event which was played on 1st of November 2018.
Dimitrov will have the surface advantage here as the slow clay fits him much better than Cilic, who is best on the fast surfaces because of his big serve and aggressive playing style.
Cilic Looking For His Fourth Straight Win Over Dimitrov
Cilic had an easy task in the opening round against Fabbiano as he won that match 6-3, 7-5, 6-1 in two hours and 12 minutes, dominating all rallies and proved that he can be dangerous even on clay.
He made it through to the quarterfinals here in Paris last two years, which were his two of his best results on Roland Garros in his 11th and 12th appearances in the main draw of this tournament so he’ll be motivated to at least repeat it this year.
Dimitrov Not Playing His Best Tennis In 2019
After having just 27 wins in the previous season, which was the lowest win number for him in a calendar year since 2009 when he played challengers, Dimitrov has 12 after almost six full months of 2019. He went down to the number 46 in the rankings and this is not where the Bulgarian player wants to be at the age of 28, with still at least five years of top tennis in him.
The opening round match against Tipsarevic started great for Dimitrov as he won the first two sets 6-3, 6-0, while also breaking to love in the opening game of the third set. After that, he disappeared and Tipsarevic managed to win the third and fourth set 6-3, 7-6, only for Dimitrov to win the final set 6-4.
That is not a great result after being two set and a break up against a 35-year-old opponent who had a lot of injuries in the past and is ranked outside the top 300.
Marin Cilic v Grigor Dimitrov Predictions & Tips
Cilic should be able to beat out of form Dimitrov with ease and show why he has won four of their previous five matches.
Tip: Marin Cilic -3.5 games Asian handicap: 19/20 (888Sport)