TennisSection previews the 2021 Davis Cup Finals as Marin Cilic takes on Alex de Minaur in the Round Robin stage on Thursday, November 25th, 2021.
Will Alex de Minaur put Australia in a very strong position in this group as he aims to beat a former Grand Slam Champion? Will Marin Cilic show us his amazing tennis that we all know he can play and the tennis which we have seen him play at certain moments this year? Both players can get a win here, but who will want it more and give more for their country at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals?
Alex de Minaur had a consistent year on the ATP Tour, continuing to work away in small tournaments where he knows he can actually compete for titles. The Australian won as many matches as he lost this year, going 24/24 in W/L. Alex also won 2 titles this year and he was able to show us why he is one of the toughest players to beat because of both his power and accuracy of shots, but also because of his speed and athleticism around the court. For Team Australia at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals, Alex de Minaur will want to get a good win under his belt early on because he knows that if he wins this match, they will have either already beaten Team Croatia because of their match before this, or they will have a chance to do so in the next match in the doubles. However, against Marin Cilic, it is never going to be easy.
Marin Cilic had a great season this year, showing everyone that he is back and ready to play at a very high level even at his age and with the injuries he has had in the last few years. Marin won 32 matches this year, losing 19 along the way, and also winning 2 titles. Marin is so good in fast court conditions as he is able to hit the ball extremely flat and take time away from his opponents. Marin is able to hit through opponents and finish points off quickly with his one two shorts from the serve. However, he will know that there will be a lot riding on the line here as he meets one of the best returners and movers on the court here at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals in Alex de Minaur.
Marin Cilic and Alex de Minaur have met 2 times before, with both players having won a match against each other in the past. They last met earlier this year on the grass courts of the London Queen’s Club. Alex won that match in 3 sets and showed us some great tennis. Marin after that match went on to win in Halle the week later and he has also won an indoor hard court title this year. Alex definitely has a chance to keep things close here. However, I think that Marin will want to win this match more because I assume that Team Australia will have won their first match in this group, meaning that Marin will have to win in order to ensure Team Croatia have something to fight for in the doubles here at the 2021 Davis Cup Finals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Marin Cilic in 3 sets.
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