The reigning Wimbledon and US Open champions, Novak Djokovic and Marin Cilic respectively, will meet in one of the four quarter-final matches on Wednesday afternoon to determine who will advance to the following stage at the All England Club. This marks the 13th meeting between the two competitors, with Djokovic leading the head-to-head series with a formidable 12-0 record.
In one of the more shocking matches to take place on Monday, Novak Djokovic – defending champion and top seed – found himself down two sets against South Africa’s Kevin Anderson, courtesy of two terrible tierbreaks. However, Djokovic found inspiration and won the following two sets to level the match 6-7(6), 6-7(6), 6-1, 6-4 before the contest was suspended for the evening. On Tuesday, Djokovic completed his comeback to secure a place in the quarter-final.
Marin Cilic needed four sets to dispatch the final American male remaining in the Wimbledon draw, Denis Kudla. He eventually did so with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3, 7-5 to set up his first quarter-final at a Grand Slam since winning the US Open last season.
“I was not playing too great today. I would say just serving‑wise the level was a bit, a fraction lower than in my previous match,” said Cilic, who matches his career-best showing at SW19, heading into the quarter-finals for the second straight year. “But, I think Denis was playing really well. He was not missing much and had a little bit different game, and this court plays a bit faster than the other ones. So it was not easy. Especially since he had a few good wins [this grass season].”
Djokovic holds a dominant 12-0 lead in the head-to-head series and will be looking to remain undefeated en route to the semi-final round of the Wimbledon Championships. Cilic has only ever taken five sets off Djokovic in their eleven meetings on the tour and considering he is returning from a lengthy spell on the sidelines, he is unlikely to challenge the Serb much this time around. He even lost a bagel set in their last meeting, and while he has improved since that clay court encounter, it is difficult to gauge how he will perform against the world No. 1.
Prediction: Novak Djokovic in Four Sets