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Cilic vs Nishikori Prediction

September 5, 2018

Looking at Cilic vs Nishikori Prediction, Cilic vs Nishikori is perhaps the best U.S. Open rivalry of the current era.


These familiar foes have squared off 14 times heading into Wednesday, including three times in Flushing Meadows. Nishikori survived 5-7, 7-6(6), 3-6, 7-6(3), 6-1 in a five-hour marathon in 2010, Cilic got the job done 6-3, 6-4, 6-7(3), 6-3 two years later, and the Croat captured his first career major title with a 6-3, 6-3, 6-3 romp in 2014.


Nishikori leads the head-to-head series 8-6 overall and 6-5 on hard courts.


Cilic was mostly dominant on his way to the quarters, thrashing Marius Copil, Hubert Hurkacz, and David Goffin without losing a set. But the world No. 7 endured one massive huge, overcoming a two-set deficit to beat Alex de Minaur’s 4-6, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4, 7-5 in the third round. Nishikori dropped just one set in defeats of Maximilian Marterer, Gael Monfils, Diego Schwartzman, and Philipp Kohlschreiber.


The Japanese star is aiming for his third career USO semifinal appearance, but Cilic still puts him to shame in terms of Grand Slam experience with runner-up performances at Wimbledon in 2017 and at the Australian Open this season to go along with his USO title. Those factors along with Cilic’s power that works extremely well in these conditions should allow him to survive a competitive contest.


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