After opening up his campaign on Wednesday afternoon, Marin Cilic is through to the quarter-final stage in Umag, where he will meet Lukas Rosol for a spot in the final four of the tournament. This marks the third time these to competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Cilic leading the head-to-head series 2-0 with the most recent contest taking place at Rotterdam earlier in the year.
The third seed began his week in Umag with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Igor Sijsling. The contest lasted a total of 68 minutes and saw the Croat hit 11 aces and win 82% of his points on first serve. Cilic has a strong history at this event, as he finished runner-up in 2011 and won the title in 2012. He will be looking to add another title to his mantle this week – his third of the season.
Cilic’s opponent is Czech Republic’s Lukas Rosol, who defeated pere Riba in the second round to set up the quarter-final encounter. He defeated Riba 7-6(4), 6-1 in 74 minutes to pick up his 23rd win of the season. The world No. 43 is looking to capture his first ATP World Tour title of the season this week in Umag. He has finished runner-up on two occasions and has captured two titles on the Challenger circuit.
This marks the third time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, with Cilic holding an unblemished 2-0 record against his Czech opponent. Their most recent contest took place at Rotterdam, which Cilic won in straight sets before going on to reach the final. This will mark their first meeting on clay.
Prediction: Marin Cilic in Three Sets