St Petersburg Open 2021: Botic van de Zandschulp vs. Marin Cilic Tennis Pick and Prediction

St Petersburg Open 2021: Botic van de Zandschulp vs. Marin Cilic Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2021 St Petersburg Open as Botic van de Zandschulp takes on Marin Cilic in the semifinals on Saturday, October 30th, 2021.

Will Marin Cilic get the win? Will Botic van de Zandschulp pull off the upset? This will be an interesting one, where we have a surprising matchup with an ATP veteran taking on a very new player on the top tennis scene. Who will move on to the final at the 2021 St Petersburg Open?

Botic van de Zandschulp got a really good win, taking out the number one seed and heavy favorite in Andrey Rublev. He delivered him a crushing blow, winning in straight sets 6-3 6-4. It was a shocking upset, now leading him to another tough matchup with Marin Cilic. While he isn’t the favorite, considering he took down Rublev, he has a shot here. Cilic has been in really good form, reaching the final of the Kremlin Cup, and now the semis here, serving great and hitting some big, flat balls to easily win many points on the quick indoor hardcourts of Russia. Still, van de Zandschulp took out the best player in the draw and he will be more fresh, so he has a good shot here to pull off another upset and book a spot in the final at the 2021 St Petersburg Open.

Marin Cilic has been in fantastic form, and he got a good win over RBA, upsetting him in 3 tough sets. He has a shot here at Botic van de Zandschulp, who is pretty inexperienced and not as in form as Cilic is. However, van de Zandschulp took out Rublev in stunning fashion, and the quick conditions favor him as well. Not to mention, he is much more fresh, having been playing less tennis than Cilic. He also is a pretty good matchup for dealing with a player like Cilic, since he’s able to absorb his pace and stay in the rallies, also being able to pull the trigger often. When he’s on, he’s sort of like a more effective version of RBA. Let’s see if he can take down Cilic and book his place in the final at the 2021 St Petersburg Open.

Botic van de Zandschulp and Marin Cilic have never met before, with this being their first career meeting. It’s a fascinating matchup, with both players having big games, but utilizing them in different ways. Cilic has more spin and versatility on his shots, while van de Zandschulp focuses more on just hitting flat balls straight through the court, his groundstrokes almost resemble Medvedev’s in a way with how he strikes the ball. It will be a tight matchup, but I feel like the way van de Zandschulp played against Rublev will transfer over to his next match, and will be too much for Cilic to ultimately handle as they clash for a place in the final at the 2021 St Petersburg Open.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Botic van de Zandschulp to win in 3 sets.

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