A contest between two towering Croats Marin Cilic and Ivo Karlovic is scheduled to kick start the opening round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters on Monday afternoon. This will serve as the third career meeting between the two countrymen, with Cilic leading the series 2-0. This will also mark their first meeting in over three years on the tour.
Reigning US Open champion 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. The Croat will be looking to regain his confidence and resume his ascent through the rankings.
His upcoming opponent, Ivo Karlovic is coming off two consecutive losses on the ATP World Tour, with his last victory coming in the opening round of the US Open against Jarkko Nieminen. He is 4-6 in his last 10 matches on the tour and has not gone past the second round of any event since before the US Open Series in Bogata.
This marks the third time that Cilic and Karlovic meet on the ATP World Tour and should be a similarly straightforward encounter as their prior two meetings. While these is a three-year gap between meetings, this will only benefit Cilic, who has improved leaps and bounds since their last encounter back in 2011.
Prediction: Marin CIlic in Straight Sets