No. 2 seed Marin Cilic of Croatia meets Gilles Simon of France in the third round of the 2022 French Open on Friday 27 May. Get the live streaming options of this match between Marin Cilic and Gilles Simon along with its preview, head to head and tips here.
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Marin Cilic vs. Gilles Simon head to head
They have played 7 times before, Simona has won 6 times. The last one came in Pune in 2018 when Simon won 1-6 6-3 6-2.
Cilic wins on clay
Marin Cilic has never been the best on clay, but this year in Paris he won two games, losing just one set. The victory over Marton Fucsovics, who dropped the first set, was particularly impressive.
Cilic is known as a player whose game can go up and down quite a bit during a game, so it was significant that he came back and won after losing the first set. Especially against a solid player like Fucsovics. He has 57 winners in this match with only 32 errors, which is very, very good.
His win over Atilla Balasz in round one was another good one, but the Hungarian hasn’t played for a while so that doesn’t count. Cilic has had a solid year and has won some very good matches on clay. If he stays cool against Simon, he will be the favourite.
The track record isn’t that good, so he needs to be really strong to win this time. Read on to find out if he will.
Simon’s swan song
Gilles Simon recently hinted he will be retiring this year but has not specified when. Rumor has it that he might do so after that event, and his game in Paris adds fuel to that narrative.
He’s by far the best tennis he’s played this year, maybe even more. Despite Pablo Carreno Busta’s recent struggles, beating him at the age of 37 is quite special. All the more so because he lost a break in that deciding set.
He didn’t complicate things when Steve Johnson beat him in three sets. However, it was a drawn out match so all the playing time is certainly not doing him any good. His game is the typical Simon game. Return every ball and make it difficult for your opponent to hit a winner.
Both Johnson and Busta have been lured into many mistakes by Simon and he will try to do the same against Cilic. He’s had a lot of success with it in the past, so he’ll try again. Maybe this swan song will continue for him.
Cilic v Simon prediction and tip
So, Cilic dominated this matchup, losing only once historically. It’s very clear why. He forces Cilic to surpass him, and Cilic lacks the patience to do so skillfully. With the Croatian’s well-known tendency to pace during a game, it’s the perfect mix to beat him.
Simon will try again, but it’s unclear if he’ll succeed. He’s quite old with two very long matches on his back. On the other hand, Cilic looked pretty sharp and determined. Simon can win but I don’t think he will. He might steal a set, but I think Cilic will overpower him in the end. He just has too many guns.
The French Open 2022 will be held from May 22nd to June 5th. You can watch and bet on these games here. Get your latest premium tennis predictions here.