An intriguing final is set to take place between towering competitors Marin Cilic and Kevin Anderson in the final of the Delray Beach Open 2014. Cilic leads the head-to-head series 3-1, yet Anderson holds the most recent victory in Rome last season.
World No. 29 Marin Cilic is currently partaking in one of the best three-week stretches of his entire career, as he is coming off a 10th career-title in Zagreb and runner-up in Rotterdam, where he lost to world No. 6 Tomas Berdych. The Croat is now into his third final in as many weeks, following a straight sets victory over American No. 1 John Isner.
“It’s been the best three weeks I’ve played in my life,” said Cilic. “It shows that I can keep my consistency. It’s better when you’re winning in two sets, but today wasn’t easy. With John you always have to be careful of his big serve. It’s a matter of a couple points here and there that can change the match.”
World No. 21 Kevin Anderson hit 13 aces and earned 3 of 7 break points to earn a straight sets win over American qualifier Steve Johnson.With a 2-4 record in ATP finals, which include three runner-up finishes in 2013, Anderson will be looking to add to that list with a victory tomorrow evening in Delray Beach. It would be his second ATP World Tour title in Delray Beach, after defeating Marinko Matosevic two years ago.
“I think from the first game, getting that break was really key for me,” said Anderson. “I was really happy with the first four games; I was really capitalising on his second serves. That set the tone for the match. I was really happy with the way I executed my serve today. I’ve always enjoyed playing here. The surface is one I enjoy playing on. I’ve played some good matches this year. I’m excited for the final tomorrow.”
This marks the fifth time these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Cilic leading the head-to-head series 3-1. Anderson holds the most recent victory: a clay court victory at the Rome Masters last season, yet considering this contest will take place on hard court, it is not likely to factor into the result. Cilic is currently partaking in one of the greatest stretches of his entire career, and is more than capable of defeating the South African and listing his second title in three weeks.
Prediction: Marin Cilic in Three Sets