Marin Cilic of Croatia, the world number 45, plays Federico Coria of Argentina, ranked 84th in the world, in the opening round of the 2021 Miami Open on Wednesday, March 24. The exact match time is yet to be determined. Get the live streaming options of this Marin Cilic v Federico Coria match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marin Cilic v Federico Coria Head to Head
The pair have never played each other before.
Cilic Continues to Search for Form of Yesteryear
Cilic is still searching for the form that saw him win the US Open in 2014, reach the final in Wimbledon in 2017, and Melbourne the following year, and reach number three in the world.
Since then though he has struggled for consistency, and his world ranking has suffered as a result.
His previous best result in Miami came in 2013 when he was a quarter-finalist here – he would be glad of a similar run this year.
Like his opponent, he lost in the first round in Melbourne, beaten by Grigor Dimitrov in straight sets, nut enjoyed better fortune in Singapore where he reached the third-round stage before losing to the eventual winner, Alexei Popyrin of Australia.
His foray to Mexico and Acapulco did not last long though – he was beaten in the first round by the American, Sebastian Korda, making it three opening round losses across four tournaments this season. It would be difficult for Cilic to continue going on without enduring a huge confidence dent given how things have gone for him.
Coria, an Argentine Clay Court Specialist
Coria was brought up on clay, like most South American players, and that is where he has enjoyed success on the Challenger and ITF tours, although he has yet to translate that form into a senior ATP event.
Three years ago, he was banned from the sport for eight months and fined US $100,000 for failing to report a match-fixing approach, and also for impeding the subsequent investigation.
He was knocked-out in the first round of the Australian Open by Milos Raonic, but, since then, he has largely devoted his time to the South American clay court season, with his best result coming in Cordoba, where he got to the semi-finals before losing to compatriot Juan Manuel Cerundolo in three sets,
His last event was in Santiago, where he was beaten by the Peruvian Juan Pablo Varillas in the second round.
Cilic v Coria Prediction and Tip
Given Coria’s clear preference for playing on clay, it is hard to see beyond one outcome in this match – a win for Cilic. That said, Cilic’s recent troubles could amount to something, including a loss of a set.
Tip: Cilic to win AND Over 19.5 games: 6/5 (bet365)