TennisSection previews the 2021 St Petersburg Open as Marin Cilic takes on Taylor Fritz in the Final on Sunday, October 31st, 2021.
Will Taylor Fritz put on an amazing performance as he aims to get his first title of the year here at the 2021 St Petersburg Open? Will Marin Cilic claim his second title of the year as he continues to improve on his game after a few years of injuries? Both players have played very well this week, but only one will come out as the 2021 St Petersburg Open Champion. Who will it be?
Taylor Fritz put on a great comeback performance against the experienced and always tough, Jan-Lennard Struff, beating the German in 3 sets 5-7/6-1/6-3. Taylor Fritz is a great player, with a great all round game, but what he has struggled with is the fact that he does not have one single shot in his game which can take the match out of his opponents’ hands. When looking at this side of the draw, Taylor Fritz has had quite a lucky draw, with bigger names like Aslan Karatsev and Denis Shapovalov losing early on. Taylor will want to get his second career title of the 2021 St Petersburg Open, but he will meet a very experienced opponent in Marin Cilic.
Marin Cilic cruised through his Semi-Final match against the in form Botic van de Zandschulp, beating the Dutch player in straight sets 6-3/6-3. Marin Cilic has been in great form all week, beating experienced and tough players continuously. Marin has been playing very well this year, showing us that although in 2019 and 2020 he struggled with injuries, he is working hard to ensure that he does not fall down the rankings. Marin has already won a title this year on grass, and now that we are on indoor hard courts here at the 2021 St Petersburg Open he will want to get his 2nd title of the year, and 20th career title, as he meets Taylor Fritz.
Marin Cilic and Taylor Fritz have met 1 time before, with Taylor Fritz leading the head to head 1-0. They met 4 years ago at Indian Wells where Taylor won in 3 sets. Although Taylor won their only encounter, this was years ago and was in front of a US crowd who would have given Taylor a lot of support. As mentioned earlier, Taylor does not have one huge asset, whilst Marin has 2 (his serve and forehand). In these conditions Marin will make a lot of use from those, and adding to this, the fact that Marin has beaten much tougher opponents in his side of the draw, all suggests that the Croatian will come away with the title here at the 2021 St Petersburg Open.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Marin Cilic to Win.
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