Adelaide Open 2022: Marin Cilic vs. Thiago Monteiro Tennis Pick and Prediction

Adelaide Open 2022: Marin Cilic vs. Thiago Monteiro Tennis Pick and Prediction

TennisSection previews the 2022 Adelaide Open as Marin Cilic takes on Thiago Monteiro in the second round on Wednesday, January 5th, 2022.

Will Marin Cilic make another of his trademark dash to an ATP title? Or will Thiago Monteiro have something to say about it? Cilic cannot afford to show rustiness on his first start of the season. Monteiro, for his part, continues to transition seamlessly to hard courts at the 2022 Adelaide Open.

Marin Cilic had a career resurgence in 2021. The big-hitting Croat fell below the pecking order as far as top-tier players were concerned. His ranking plummeted to as low as No. 47 at one point last season – his lowest ATP ranking in eight years. But the grass-court season provided Cilic with a clean slate to work on and he duly delivered. He was unplayable during his stay in Stuttgart where he ended his three-year drought for an ATP title in style. He cleaned house with his monstrous serving and grass court pedigree, besting the likes of Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov to take home his 19th trophy. He would soon make it 20 on the indoor hard courts of St. Petersburg and thus finish the year inside the top 30. While his return to the big stage is healthy for tennis competition, he could be vulnerable to an upset against Thiago Monteiro at the 2022 Adelaide Open.

Thiago Monteiro will look to make it a habit of going deep at the Australian Open build up tournaments. Last year he made the last four at Great Ocean Road Open, beating the likes of Carlos Alcaraz and Jordan Thompson. This time, he started his campaign at the Adelaide Open where he drew a tough first-rounder in the shape of Daniel Altmaier. The pair of them went toe-to-toe for nearly two and half hours in a breathless three-setter. The Brazilian utilized his mammoth forehand power to suffocate the court and made amends for throwing a 4-1 lead in the third set by winning the tiebreak.

Marin Cilic and Thiago Monteiro will face each other for the first time. Cilic should come in as the overwhelming favorite to win the match given his distinctive resume to that of Monteiro. But the Brazilian lefty can play to his strengths and attack the Cilic backhand with his cross-court forehand. That pattern of play may yield a positive result. And given that it is still early in the season, there is the tendency of top players being caught cold. However, if Cilic serves consistently and strike the ball as cleanly as he did during the second half of last season, he should see off the Brazilian World No. 89.

Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Marin Cilic in 3 Sets.

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