Following a turbulent couple of weeks on the professional circuit, US Open champion Marin Cilic will begin his campaign for the Kremlin Cup on Wednesday afternoon against wildcard entrant Evgeny Donskoy. This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour.
World No. 8 Marin Cilic saw his 10-match winning streak come to an end at the hands of Andy Murray in the quarter-final round of the China Open in Beijing. Cilic lost the match 6-1, 6-4 in his first defeat since winning the title in New York. His prior loss can at the hands of Stan Wawrinka in Cincinnati. He followed that up with another disappointing loss in his Shanghai opener to fellow countryman Ivo Karlovic.
“The game, I’m feeling it’s on the spot. Though I lost today, it’s unfortunate, bad luck, but I’m going with positive energy into the next weeks to finish the season well.”
His opponent, Evgeny Donskoy, reached the second round of the tournament with a dominant victory over Israel’s Dudi Sela. Donskoy dropped just three of his first service points throughout the match for a 88% accuracy rate, saved all three break points he faced on serve to earn the 6-4, 6-0 victory in 62 minutes.
This marks the first time these two competitors will meet on the ATP World Tour. Cilic will hold the advantage as a Grand Slam champion and will be motivated to perform well and cement the fifth spot in the Barclays World Tour Finals.
Prediction: Marin Cilic in Straight Sets