An intriguing quarter-final contest takes place at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament between British No. 1 Andy Murray and last week’s Zagreb champion Marin Cilic. This marks the eleventh time the two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Murray leading the head-to-head series comfortably with 9-1.
British No. 1 Andy Murray survived a significant challenge from 20-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem, withstanding 36 winners to edge 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. Thiem, is the youngest player in the Top 125 of the Emirates ATP Rankings and was not expected to trouble the 26-year-old. That did not turn out to be the case, as the match featured a series of extraordinary rallies with impressive shot making on Thiem’s part, as he troubled Murray with his explosive single-handed backhand.
Murray is currently after his first ATP World Tour Title of 2014.
After lifting his fourth title in Zagreb last week, Cilic is back in Rotterdam looking to build on his momentum from the start of the season. The Croatian No. 1 earned victories over both Lukas Rosol and world No. 10 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in his first two matches at the indoor event and will be priming himself up for another upset against world No. 6 Andy Murray, whom he has only beaten once in his entire professional career.
Murray holds a comfortable 9-1 lead in the head-to-head series against Cilic, including 5-1 on hard courts. They most recently crossed paths in the Queen’s Club title match last year, with Murray earning the 5-7, 7-5, 6-3 victory. Cilic’s lone win came at the 2009 U.S. Open and he was on course for another New York upset of Murray in 2012. This match will likely be a slightly more competitive affair, considering Murray seemed fatigued in portions of his second round contest today, and will likely end with the Briton snatching the victory in a close three set battle.
Prediction: Andy Murray in Three Sets