2020 Australian Open – Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic Preview & Prediction

THE FACTS

Where is Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic taking place? Melbourne Park, Melbourne

When is Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic on and what time does it start? Sunday 26th January, 2020 – not before 02:00 (UK)

What is the expected weather for Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic? Cloudy, 23c

What channel is Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic on? The 2020 Australian Open will be televised on Eurosport so it is worth checking their schedule for this specific match

Where can I stream Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic in the UK? Sky customers can stream this match on the Sky Go app. Alternatively, the match can be streamed to subscribers of Eurosport Player, either on the official website or as an add-on to an Amazon Prime subscription

Where can I get tickets for Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic? Click here to reach the official 2020 Australian Open ticket selection

Who won the last meeting between Milos Raonic and Marin Cilic? Marin Cilic beat Milos Raonic 7-6, 6-3

THE LOWDOWN

MILOS RAONIC

  • Milos Raonic proved himself to be one of the best in the game still, despite his current ranking of 35th in the world, by beating outside favourite Stefanos Tsitsipas in straight sets in the third round.
  • Canada’s current number three has been through a terrible period of injuries and setbacks over the last couple of years but he reached a career-high 3rd in the world in 2016, where he made the semi-finals of the Australian Open.
  • 29-year-old Raonic beat another next gen Grand Slam hopeful last year in Melbourne when he dismantled then world number four Alexander Zverev in straight sets at the round of 16 stage, before losing to Lucas Pouille in the quarters.

MARIN CILIC

  • Marin Cilic claimed the victory in a tough battle against world number nine Roberto Bautista Agut to prove, in some ways like his next foe Milos Raonic, that he is far better than his ranking suggests when he’s fit.
  • The world number 39 has fallen away somewhat from the form that saw him an ever-present player in the quarter-finals or above of Grand Slams but he has not progressed past the round of 16 in one since 2018’s US Open.
  • Croatian Cilic won the Istanbul Open in a straight-sets defeat of Raonic back in 2017 and leads their head-to-head record 2-1 dating back to a first meeting in 2011.

THE PREDICTION

The speed of service games in this match should be telling between these two big-servers but both Milos Roanic and Marin Cilic are more than just their ace-making. They have not faced each other for some time and while neither are in their prime they were both excellent in their dismissal of top seeds Roberto Bautista Agut and Stefanos Tsitsipas. This match looks destined for tiebreaks and more than just the three sets, but based on the assured nature of his straight-sets win over Tsitsipas this should be Raonic’s match to claim.

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