World number 20 Cristian Garín will take on the struggling Croat and former Grand Slam winner Marin Cilic in the second round of the 2021 Miami Open on Saturday, March 27. The match is yet to be scheduled. Get the live streaming options of this Cristian Garín v Marin Cilic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Cristian Garín v Marin Cilic Head to Head
In their only previous match that came on the grass courts of the Queen’s competition in 2019, Cilic had defeated Garin in straight sets to move into the second round.
Garín Hoping for a Decent Switch to Hard Courts
The world number 20 played one match on hard court surfaces, at the Delray Beach Open earlier this year and lost that to Cristian Harrison. Incidentally, Harrison was 6/4 to win that encounter and still went on do that in straight sets.
From there on, Garin opted to feature in two clay court competitions, losing in the first round of the Buenos Aires Open to India’s Sumit Nagal and turn things around dramatically in Santiago with a title win there.
Garin has now returned to play on the hard courts of Miami, giving himself a chance to earn some points on tour. His previous best in this tournament was a qualification exit in 2019 but since then his ranking has improved well enough to not just give him a direct entry but also a bye into the second round.
The problem? He is facing a player who might not be in the best of form but one who does like the hard court surface more than Garin.
Cilic Struggles to Overcome Coria
At times it’s sad to see Cilic having to go through his struggles the manner he does. This season he has won three matches and lost four, which is on the lines of how underwhelming his performances were last season as well.
And while he made it to the second round, Cilic needed to scrap hard against a player whose career-best ranking is 83rd and one who rarely plays on hard court surfaces, let alone wins matches there.
Cilic needed three sets and two hours and five minutes to make it through to the second round, in a match where both players got themselves three breaks of serves. In the end, it was Cilic’s more decisive one in the final one that won him the day but not before there were enough signs to suggest the Croat needs a huge turnaround in form if he has to come to going deep into tournaments like these.
Garín v Cilic Prediction and Tip
Cilic is a marginal favourite here, with bet365 offering 8/11 to win this as compared to 11/10 if Garin can overturn his own worries on hard court surfaces. Picking the Croat to edge the contest.
Tip: Cilic to win: 8/11 (bet365)