2019 US Open – Marin Cilic vs Rafael Nadal Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

When is Marin Cilic vs Rafael Nadal on and what time does it start? Tuesday 3rd September, 2019 – 00:00(UK)

Where is Marin Cilic vs Rafael Nadal taking place? Flushing Meadows, New York

What is the expected weather for Marin Cilic vs Rafael Nadal? Chance of thunderstorms, 24c

What channel is Marin Cilic vs Rafael Nadal on? The US Open will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Marin Cilic vs Rafael Nadal? Amazon Prime have the rights to the US Open in the UK so it is worth checking their schedule for streaming times

Where can I get tickets for Marin Cilic vs Rafael Nadal? https://www.usopen.org/en_US/tickets/ticket_plans.html

THE LOWDOWN

HEAD-TO-HEAD
Last meeting:
Rafael Nadal beat Marin Cilic 2-6, 6-4, 6-4

MARIN CILIC

  • 30-year-old Marin Cilic looked hungry against 14th seed John Isner in their third-round match, facing down a massive 40 aces from the American but losing just one set.
  • Former US Open champion Cilic is through to the round of 16 at Flushing Meadows for the sixth time in 11 appearances and has never lost at this stage of the competition.
  • Cilic will need to put his all into his thunderous first serve against Rafael Nadal in the round of 16 but 17 double faults against Isner in his last round will need some serious attention before then.

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Rafael Nadal beat South Korea’s Chung Hyeon in the third round of the US Open in straight sets to set up a ninth career meeting with Marin Cilic.
  • The three-time US Open champion and world number two last lost at this stage of the tournament to Lucas Pouille in 2016, since when he has reached at least the semi-finals.
  • Nadal lost to Cilic in their first ever encounter 10 years ago but has since lost to him just the once in seven meetings and that was a retirement due to injury in the 2018 Australian Open quarter-finals.

THE PREDICTION

This should be a joy to watch between the world number two and Marin Cilic, who until recent struggles with injury was perennially the ‘best of the rest’ and one of a few players from outside the ‘Big Four’ to win a Grand Slam when he won here in 2014. Cilic shared an odd game with John Isner, and to have any chance of winning here he will have to eradicate the mistakes from his game displayed in the third round. However, the Croat is not at the height of his powers, and while he could take Rafael Nadal to a tie-break or two, he will struggle to take a set.

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