World number 47 Marin Cilic will be up against Frenchman Arthur Rinderknech in the first round of the 2021 French Open on Sunday, May 30. Get the live streaming options of this Marin Cilic v Arthur Rinderknech match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Marin Cilic v Arthur Rinderknech Head to Head
This will be the first time that Cilic and Rinderknech face off in a competitive encounter.
Cilic 9-9 This Season
Cilic’s on-court struggles have been well-chronicled and they have continued to remain a concern this season too.
While a semifinal appearance at Singapore Open and a fourth round entry into Miami Masters would have provided some relief to the Croat, the inconsistencies associated with Cilic’s performances have only made it difficult for him.
Take, for instance, his clay court swing so far.
Not known to be at his best on clay, Cilic lost in the opening round at Monte-Carlo Masters but then followed it up with a solid semifinal appearance in Estoril. If one thought, however, this would propel him to even better results, Cilic responded with a second round loss at Rome and a stunning opening loss at Geneva where he fell to Dominic Stricker, a player ranked outside the top 300.
Can he now shrug those performances off and come up with something solid against a player who has never seen the inside of the top 100?
Rinderknech Showing Signs of Improvement
Rinderknech was outside the top 300 last year, improved to 178th at the start of this season and now comes into this opening round match in Roland Garros ranked 117th. That’s some improvement, especially in times of a changed ranking system where it’s become rarer to jump up the rankings this drastically.
And it has been down to Rinderknech’s ability to convert his form on the Challenger circuit – where he has won three titles since the start of 2020 – into something special on the ATP tour.
After back to back qualifying defeats in Montpellier and Rotterdam, Rinderknech made it the quarterfinal at Marseille as a qualifier and did the same on the clay courts of Lyon.
Now, Rinderknech takes on a player whose vulnerabilities on clay are well known and he would hope to expose them in this opener.
Cilic v Rinderknech Prediction and Tip
While Cilic is a favourite here, we reckon Rinderknech will have his moments in the match and if he can grab them by the scruff of their neck, he could be in business.