TennisSection previews the 2021 Winston-Salem Open Open as Marin Cilic  takes on Ilya Ivashka in the Round of 32 on Tuesday, August 24th, 2021.
Will Marin Cilic get a solid win underway? Will Ilya Ivashka pull off the upsett? This match will be an interesting one, where we will see where the level of Marin Cilic and whether or not Ilya Ivashka can be an unexpected title contender. Who will move on to the Round of 16 at the 2021 Salem Open?
Marin Cilic has been having an okay year, despite his old age he’s still able to win matches and be seeded at tournaments which is a pretty big accomplishments. With hard courts being his best surface, and historically rarely losing at a stage like this against someone like Ilya Ivashka, I really like his chances to go through here. The two have a similar playstyle, utilzing hard flat groundstrokes to go for aggressive shots and occasionally rip winners, mostly playing big from the back of the court. Cilic also has an incredible serve though, and while Ivashka has been known to pull off some upsets this year, I feel confident that Cilic will be able to pull through and take out Ilya to move on to the next round at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
Ilya Ivashka has a tough one in store against Cilic here after defeating another veteran of the tour, Andreas Seppi. He will have to play aggressive and take advantage of the fact that Marin most certainly does not have the movement he once did, and while Ivashka is also a guy not known for his movement, he is probably healthier than Marin at the moment and should feel pretty good about long exchanges, however, it’s more than likely that both players will prefer to stay out of those types of enegagements and go for aggressive plays time after time. Ivashka will probably quite like to have many rallies from the middle of the court where there will be room to attack Cilic from, whereas he will want to avoid any crosscourt rallies, where he will most likely lose as the depth and pace of Cilic’s groundstrokes in that department will most likely be too much to handle.
Marin Cilic and Ilya Ivashka have met one time before, with Marin Cilic leading the head to head 1-0. It could most certainly turn into an interesting match, as their only meeting was just last year, with it going 3 sets, where Cilic eventually prevailed. Marin will favor most of the rallies they’ll get into, as his experience and playstyle just makes it easier for him to change direction or change the pace and hit winners from the back of the court which is something both of these guys like to do. Another big factor will be the service, where Cilic most definitely excels in comparison to Ivashka, this should help him put a lot of pressure on Ilya which can allow him to get more opportunities and pounce on them to get himself a spot in the Round of 16 at the 2021 Winston-Salem Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Marin Cilic to Win.
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