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Ruud vs Cilic Betting Pick
Casper Ruud and Marin Cilic took advantage of being in the less star-studded half of the Roland Garros draw to make it all the way to the French Open semifinals. Now, one of them will punch their ticket to the final as they face off in the final four of the season’s lone major on clay. In our tennis predictions for Friday, break down Ruud vs Cilic in a battle of clay court prowess against major experience.
Why Bet On Marin Cilic:
✅ While Cilic is the less agile of these two players, he does have an experience being in the late stages of majors that Ruud cannot draw from. Ruud looked nervous late against Holger Rune, and will face a stern challenge from Cilic even if Ruud is expected to win this matchup when all is said and done.
✅ Ruud was not able to consistently break the serve of Holger Rune in the last match, even after a 6-1 first set triumph. Against a bigger server and a bigger hitter off the ground in Cilic, it will be even harder for Ruud to generate breaks of serve. Expect a tiebreak or two, which will help Cilic stay within the four and a half service games.
✅ The pressure in this match is squarely on the shoulders of Casper Ruud, who knows this is likely his only chance to get to a major final this year given that clay is his best surface. Cilic, meanwhile, was not expected to get this far and will be able to play more freely in key situations knowing that. While Ruud should win this match, Cilic should be able to cover with this in mind.
For Casper Ruud to be a favorite to make a major final is an incredible sight, given that his meteoric rise up the rankings only started recently. But that is the position Ruud is in, as he finds himself just one win away from a French Open final matchup with either Rafa Nadal or Sascha Zverev. In order to get there, though, Ruud has to overcome a challenge from a tough opponent in Marin Cilic first.
For Ruud, longer and more physical rallies would seem to be his ticket to breaking down Cilic. However, Cilic passed many tests in that area from Andrey Rublev during the quarterfinals of this French Open. Ruud will need to keep his composure when things are not going his way, and avoid succumbing to the nerves in his first ever major semifinal match to give himself a chance to win.
For Marin Cilic, the phrase “playing with house money” comes to mind in a match like this one. The Croatian veteran was not expected to make it this far in this French Open, but he has taken advantage of a draw that allowed him to take down the clay-averse Daniil Medvedev en route to this point. Now, the question is whether or not Cilic can take advantage of this opportunity to get to another major championship match.
If Cilic is going to make it to a French Open final, he is going to need to play aggressively, but not too aggressively. He has been doing an incredible job of hitting big off the ground without spraying errors wildly in key situations. If he can keep that up in this match, he certainly has a fighting chance against the favored Casper Ruud.