Third seed Felix Auger-Aliassime will face former World No. 3 Marin Cilic in the final of the 2021 Stuttgart Open on Sunday, June 13. Get the live streaming options of this Felix Auger-Aliassime v Marin Cilic match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Felix Auger-Aliassime v Marin Cilic Head to Head
It will be a third meeting between the two, with Cilic leading 2-0 head to head.
The Croatian won in the Round of 16 in Washington in 2019 and in the Round of 64 at the Paris Masters last year.
Auger-Aliassime Knocks Out Querrey
2019 Stuttgart Open finalist Felix Auger-Aliassime has returned to the final of the event this year as well with a straight sets win over America’s Sam Querrey in the semifinal on Saturday.
The 20-year-old Canadian who is 0-7 in career finals, will be hoping to finally end the jinx on Sunday and capture a maiden ATP title. What’s more, Auger-Aliassime is yet to win a set in a final.
Last time in Stuttgart, he was beaten by Italy’s Matteo Berrettini in the title clash. He had however got a free pass to the final after his semifinal opponent Milos Raonic had withdrawn without taking the court.
This year though, he earned a spot in the final after a dominating display against Sam Querrey in the semifinal, defeating the American 6-4, 7-5 in an hour and 19 minutes.
Auger-Aliassime didn’t face a single break point in the match and converted both of his breaking opportunities.
This will be a second final this year for the Canadian, who had begun the season by reaching the title clash of the Murray River Open, but was defeated 2-6, 3-6 by Britain’s Dan Evans.
Ranked 21st in the world, Auger-Aliassime, who had a first-round bye, began the tournament with a 6-3, 7-6 (7-4) win against South Africa’s Lloyd Harris in the Round of 16 and then defeated France’s Ugo Humbert 7-6 (11-9), 6-2 in the quarterfinal on Friday.
The Canadian, who reached the fourth round of a major for the first time at the U.S. Open last year, also reached the Round of 16 at the Australian Open earlier this year.
Cilic In First Final in Three Years
Former World No. 3 Marin Cilic reached a 33rd career final and a first since winning the title at Queen’s in 2018, after he defeated Austria’s Jurij Rodionov in the semifinal on Saturday.
Cilic took the first set 6-3 and was leading the second 1-0, when the 22-year-old Austrian was forced to retire due to an injury.
Currently ranked 47th in the world, the 6’6″ Cilic is yet to drop a set this week. He began his Stuttgart campaign with a 7-5, 6-3 win over Germany’s Rudolf Molleker in the first round and then defeated fifth seed Nikoloz Basilashvili 6-3, 6-2 in the Round of 16.
In the quarterfinals, the 32-year-old Croatian knocked out top seed Denis Shapovalov 7-5, 7-6 (7-3) in an hour and 51 minutes.
Cilic, who improved to 13-9 this year after Saturday’s victory, has won 18 titles and finished runner-up in 14 tournaments. Two of those titles came on the grass courts of Queen’s.
The 2014 U.S. Open champion was also a finalist at Wimbledon in 2017, where he lost to Roger Federer after being hampered by a blister.
Auger-Aliassime v Cilic Prediction and Tip
Auger-Aliassime will be under tremendous pressure, having lost all his past seven finals in straight sets. The vastly experienced Cilic will be a slight favourite as he knows pretty well how to deal with big match pressure.