2018 Rogers Cup QF: Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic

Nadal or Cilic

  • Raf Nad in 2

    Votes: 9 22.5%
  • Raf Nad in 3

    Votes: 17 42.5%
  • Mar Cil in 2

    Votes: 6 15.0%
  • Mar Cil in 3

    Votes: 8 20.0%

  • Total voters
    40

MugOpponent

Hall of Fame
Whoa Nadal bad or cilic good?
Both.
Because he probably won’t play like this now that there's pressure..

Cilic plays better as a dark horse. Underperformed heavily at Wimbledon this year when he was the 2nd favorite if not the favorite for the title.
True. I do wonder if he got to finish the Pella match on the same day if the whole tournament would have been drastically different. Doesn't excuse him losing but he certainly would have won that match.I guess we'll never know.
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
I wonder how much belief that AO win has given Cilic against Nadal.

If Cilic wins this match, he will still be the only player to have beaten Nadal on hardcourts this season.
 
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Deleted member 756486

Guest
Rafa not going down without a fight.

Cilic serving for the set.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
Let's see if Cilic can keep this up for another set. He sort of has a history of GOATing for a part of the match before coming back to earth
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
I think Cilic knows that Nadal is the only real hurdle for him to overcome this week, with so many others falling off. No Del Potro, No Djokovic, No Zverev. Probably treating it as the final out of respect to Nadal, in theory all other matches will be easier.
 

FHtennisman

Professional
This is up there with the best ball striking Cilic can offer.

Also, recently, like since Wimby, Nadal has had unreal touch on his dropshots, seems to get almost every one on a dime, exactly where he wants them.
 

clout

Hall of Fame
I think Cilic knows that Nadal is the only real hurdle for him to overcome this week, with so many others falling off. No Del Potro, No Djokovic, No Zverev. Probably treating it as the final out of respect to Nadal, in theory all other matches will be easier.
Not sure how Cilic plays when he's the favourite to win a tournament though. He seems to thrive in the underdog position more than being the fav, like against Rafa here and at the AO or at the 2014 USO against Fedr
 

BeatlesFan

Talk Tennis Guru
I wonder how much belief that AO win has given Cilic against Nadal.

If Cilic wins this match, he will still be the only player to have beaten Nadal on hardcourts this season.
To be fair, Nadal has played less than 10 HC matches this entire year. I think it's about 7 total matches!?
 
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