Former World No.3 Marin Cilic will face home favorite Andrey Rublev for a spot in the finals of the 2019 VTB Kremlin Cup on Saturday, October 19. The match will begin not before 6:20 pm local time (4:20 pm BST). You can find the Marin Cilic v Andrey Rublev live streaming options, head-to-head, preview and predictions here.
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Marin Cilic v Andrey Rublev Head to Head
The head-to-head between Cilic and Rublev is tied at 1-1, although it is the Russian youngster who triumphed in their last encounter on the hard courts of Miami earlier this year.
Cilic Still In Pursuit Of First Title Of 2019
Former World No.3 Marin Cilic is still seeking a first ATP title of 2019 and this could be his best chance yet. Fresh from picking up his 500th match-win in the second round earlier this week, the Croat withstood a brave fightback from Frenchman Jeremy Chardy to win in a third set tiebreak.
Cilic has struggled significantly this season dropping as low as No.30 in the world at one point (currently World No.24) and has an underwhelming 20-16 record in 2019. He hasn’t beaten a top-10 player all year and remarkably, this is his first semifinal of the season.
The former US Open champion has won back-to-back titles in the Russian capital and hasn’t lost at this tournament since his debut in 2007. The experienced Croatian could really use with a title-winning run this week, but he needs to sail past hard-hitting Russian youngster in Andrey Rublev.
Rejuvenated Rublev Also Eyeing A First Title
Andrey Rublev seems to have put his injury days behind him and is now aiming to crack the Top 30 and guarantee a seeding spot for the Australian Open next year.
Ever since he reached the final of Hamburg after Wimbledon, Rublev has notched some brilliant wins during the American hard court swing. He reached the quarterfinals of both Cincinnati and Winston-Salem and managed a fourth round showing at Flushing Meadows.
That run propelled the promising Russian on the cusp of breaking the Top 30. His form has not tailed form either. Rublev reached the quarterfinals in St. Petersburg where he lost to a red-hot Daniil Medvedev.
This is his first semifinal since Hamburg and he is showing no signs of slowing down.
Cilic v Rublev Predictions & Tips
Cilic just hasn’t been able to find his stride this season and has had some shocking defeats on his resume. Rublev on the other hand seems to have put the injury-stricken days behind him and he is certainly the more decisive of the pair.
Tip: Rublev to win in three sets: 29/10 (888Sport)