One of the matches of the 1/16 finals of the Roman Masters will be a duel between the 43rd racket of the world, a Croat, Marin Cilic and the fifth number in the world ranking, Stefanos Tsitsipas. Despite the status of opponents, the Balkans played with each other only once, back in 2017 in Tokyo, Japan. That fight was won by Marin Cilic, but now Tsitsipas is quoted as a big favorite of the pair, in our opinion, deservedly.
Marin Cilic: After Estoril semifinals
Before the Rome tournament, Marin Cilic held two tournaments on the clay. In mid-April the Croatian crashed out after his first game, losing 1-2 to Goffin. After the Principality, Marin played well in Portugal, in Estoril, where he was stronger than Alcaraz Garfia, Borges and Anderson, but Cilic lost in the semifinals to Norrie 0-2. In Rome, Cilic played one match so far and knocked out Alexander Bublik. The same Bublik who sensationally defeated Karatsev in two sets at the Madrid Masters. The match between the Croatian and the Kazakhstani lasted one hour and 45 minutes, 4-6, 6-2, 6-3 in favor of Marin.
Stefanos Tsitsipas: Winner of Monte Carlo
Tsitsipas started the mainland season winning the Monte Carlo tournament. In the final of that event, the Greek defeated Andrey Rublev 2-0. After Monaco, we saw Stefanos in Barcelona, where the Greek reached the final but lost to Nadal 1-2. That match was very long and lasted three hours and 40 minutes. The Greek had a poor showing at the Madrid Masters, defeating the luckless Pierre and losing 0-2 to Ruud. Tsitsipas is unprecedented in Rome and will be the Greek's first tournament match against Cilic.
Expert Betting Tips
We believe that everything in the upcoming game depends on Tsitsipas, the Greek’s form and Stephanos’ desire to win as quickly as possible. Unfortunately, but it is obvious that the best matches of the Croatian are in the past. It is not for nothing that Marin is only 43rd in the ATP rankings. Stefanos Tsitsipas is now one of the best clay-court specialists in the world, the Greek triumphed at the Monte Carlo tournament, a finalist in Barcelona. We offer the following set of bets for the upcoming meeting: ТU 19.5 for 2.08, H2 (-2.5) for 1.95.