Rublev vs Cilic Odds
|the total||39.5 (-115 / -115)|
|time||10:00 a.m. ET|
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Andrei Rublev is in the quarter-finals of his second career at Roland Garros, and he will pull out veteran veteran Marin Cilic, who is running one of the rounds of his career.
The Croats have only lost one set to this point – to Marton Fucsovics – and he looks like a very dangerous player who came off his last win.
Gamemakers certainly respect Selic with this line, but should they be more respectful? Let’s take a look at this.
Rublev is not performed when it matters most
I’m about to say some bad things about the Rublev, so let me qualify those with some highlights. After all, Rublev may not be my choice to win this match, but he’s still a very good tennis player.
The Russian has won three titles already in 2022 – one indoors in Marseille, one on outdoor hard courts in Dubai, and then on clay in Belgrade. He is 29-7 on the season, and he is now 11-3 on clay.
Despite all this success, it’s hard to say Rublev is shining a light on the dominant form he’s shown during his progression to the top of the men’s game in 2020.
For starters, his serving was a huge problem a year ago and has now changed, and his massive offensive game has been tamed by some of the other names eager for results at the highest levels.
For all that Rublev has done in this year’s smaller tournaments, he put on a pathetic showing in all three of the Masters on clay – at least by his standards.
He crashed out of Monte Carlo – where he had reached the final before – in only his second match.
Stefanos Tsitsipas sent him in the Madrid quarter-finals.
He failed to win a match in Rome, losing to humble Filip Krajinovic.
That’s without mentioning that he missed a chance to reach the final at Indian Wells against Taylor Fritz, and Nick Kyrgios was injured off the field in his first game in Miami.
Rublev dominated some small events, but didn’t show up when it mattered. He was knocked out of the Australian Open in the third round only by Cilic, and he is looking at his first truly meaningful result of the season.
Can Cilic survive the fire?
When the draw for the French Open came out, everyone was talking about Quarter 4. With mud fanatic Daniil Medvedev topping the group, there were many possibilities as to what could happen.
Perhaps this was the time of the brilliance of Miomir Kekmanovich. Perhaps Jannik Sinner could finally reach the Grand Slam semi-finals. Rublev had a real chance of reaching the final, too.
Nobody wanted to talk about Cilic, who has quietly practiced his work for the past six or seven months in a very professional manner. The Croatian is in good health and has been competing incredibly well, looking for another opportunity to achieve a massive result.
The aging veteran took full advantage of this soft tie, as he raced to the fourth round with convincing victories. Then came Medvedev, who seemed to have spotted mud and pulled a boat full of money after it opened at -170, and closed better than -300.
Cilic continued to defeat Medvedev in three sets, crushing the winners from both wings and sending his face. This guy has won a major tournament before, and he’s playing as if it could happen again.
Selic should be your man here. He played tennis incredibly convincingly, taking the racket out of the hands of his opponents with a massive serve and forehand.
I want to take you back to Rublev’s last match against Şener as well. The Russian was completely eliminated by the young Italian in the first set, succumbing to an attack of massive serve and forehand.
Rublev, who already had problems creating a mud attack, was helpless. Only when Sinner injured his knee in the middle of the second set was the Russian able to gain a foothold in the match.
A must see replay on Wednesday. Cilic has the firepower to keep Rublev in his wake, and he showed a massive comeback match against Medvedev’s big serve in the last match.
He plays flawless tennis and fires an insane amount of first serve. He can’t – and won’t – be stopped in this.
Picking: Selic +120