TennisSection previews the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters as David Goffin (11) meets Marin Cilic in the First Round on Sunday, April 11th 2021.
Will David Goffin get off to a very strong start here on his 2021 clay-court season by getting a big win under his belt? Will the extra experience of Marin Cilic in big tournaments give him the edge as he looks to get his redemption season going strongly? Both players are amazing in these conditions when they are on top of their game, but only one will make their way to the Second Round. Who will it be?
David Goffin will be looking to bounce back after having an up and down 2021 season, where we have seen him win the 2021 Montpellier Open title, but also lose in the opening rounds of many tournaments to much lesser players such as James Duckworth at the Miami Open. Goffin is just not finding consistency anymore and this is a big issue as he is just losing confidence with most tournaments he plays in. Goffin will be happy that it is finally the clay-court season and he is getting his campaign underway here at the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters, but he will also be very disappointed with his draw having to meet such a tough opponent in Marin Cilic in the First Round.
Marin Cilic has actually been getting some positive results under his belt in his redemption season, with him reaching the Fourth Round of the 2021 Miami Open just a few weeks ago, only losing to Rublev. Cilic has so much experience and it would be great to have him back at his best on the ATP Tour as he brings so much talent and experience to the field. Cilic will want to get some more positive results under his belt as this will keep on helping him increase his confidence levels, which in turn will allow him to play more freely. Marin Cilic will have to be at his best here if he wants to beat a higher ranked and experienced opponent in David Goffin.
David Goffin and Marin Cilic have met 8 times before, with an incredibly tight rivalry with the head to head tied at 4-4. They last met in similar conditions to these at the Rome Masters in 2020 where Marin won in straight sets 6-2/6-2. Although Goffin is higher ranked and has won a title in 2021, I just don’t feel confident in backing him after his performance a few weeks ago in Miami. Marin, on the other hand, is looking in great form and motivated to rise back up in the rankings. I expect this match to be won on serve as Marin holds his serve much easier than Goffin who has to rely more on his return game. It will be tight, but Marin Cilic will make his way to the Second Round of the 2021 Monte-Carlo Masters.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Marin Cilic to Win.