Stefanos Tsitsipas v Marin Cilic Live Streaming, Prediction & Preview for Rome Masters 2021: In-Form Tsitsipas To Prove Too Strong For Veteran Cilic

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Monte Carlo Masters 1000 winner Stefanos Tsitsipas takes on 2014 US Open winner Marin Cilic in the second round of the 2021 Italian Open on Wednesday, May 12. Get the live streaming options of this Stefanos Tsitsipas v Marin Cilic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.

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Stefanos Tsitipas v Marin Cilic Head to Head

Their only meeting was on the hard courts of Tokyo in 2017 which Cilic won comfortably in straight sets. Both their careers have moved in opposite directions considerably since.

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Tsitsipas Looking To Solidify Form On Clay Ahead of Paris

22-year-old Stefanos Tsitipas leads the race to the ATP Tour Finals in Turin and this remains evidence for the consistent season he has had thus far.

Starting the year with consecutive wins at the ATP Cup and a semi-final showing at the Aussie Open (defeating Rafa Nadal en route), Tsitsipas continued his strong run despite missing out on titles. While he will be disappointed at his loss to Alexander Zverev in the ATP 500 final at Acupulco and unexpected losses to Pierre Hugues Herbert (Marseille), and Hubert Hurkacz (Miami), he will be content with his run on clay thus far.

The Greek is 10-2 on the slower dirt, with a first ever Masters 1000 win at Monte Carlo and was runner-up at the Barcelona ATP 500 where he had championship point against now 12-time champion Rafael Nadal. Although he may have been expected to overcome consistent clay courter Casper Ruud last week in Madrid, the Greek comes into Rome confident and looking for a deep run ahead of the French Open where he was a semi-finalist last year and will hope he can do ever better this time around.

Good Comeback Opening Victory For Cilic

2014 US Open winner and two-time Major runner-up Marin Cilic was once a regular in the top eight of the world rankings on the ATP Tour. A mix of injuries, disappointing form and early losses has seen him drop in the rankings as the 32-year-old is now ranked number 43 in the world.

The 2021 season has not been particularly friendly to the Croat either. The former world number three had a poor run Down Under with opening round losses at the Melbourne ATP 250 and the Aussie Open. Although he was a semi-finalist at the Singapore Open, the hard courts of Acupulco and Miami that suite his game well saw poor runs by Cilic again.

Coming to the slower clay swing, a surface that has never been his favorite, Cilic was eliminated in the first round at Monte Carlo but did well to make the semis at Estoril before losing out to Briton Cameron Norrie. Facing the uncanny Kazakh Alexander Bublik in the opener Rome, Cilic came back from a set down to prevail, but will be well aware how the opponents only get more difficult here on starting with Stefanos Tsitsipas up next.

Tsitsipas v Cilic Prediction and Tip

Tsitsipas has looked good all season and especially during the clay swing, despite the unexpected loss in Madrid last week. Cilic did well to come back and win his opener here, but he is not close to the player he was and definitely not a force on clay against the likes of Tstisipas .

Expect a comfortable straight sets Tstisipas win.

Tip: Tsitsipas to win in straight sets: 4/11 (Click Here to Bet with bet365)

The 2021 Italian Open will be played from May 9-16. You can watch & bet on these matches here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.

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