Australian Open 2021: Grigor Dimitrov vs Marin Cilic, Preview, Head-to-Head, and Prediction

Published 02/07/2021, 11:52 AM CST
Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria during day 9 of the 2020 French Open on Court Philippe Chatrier at Roland Garros stadium on October 5, 2020 in Paris, France. (Photo by John Berry/Getty Images)

The Australian Open is ready to roll, and there are some juicy first-round matches that are lined up. Grigor Dimitrov and Marin Cilic take on each other in a highly-anticipated clash in the men’s singles division, and it is hard to pick out a winner! 


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Dimitrov and Cilic are two dominant players who face a tough draw in their quest for glory at Melbourne this year. The latter opened his 2021 campaign with a bitter first-round loss against Jeremy Chardy at the Murray River Open, while Dimitrov had a good start and made it till the quarterfinals in the same event. 

Venue: Court 9 (Melbourne Park)


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Date: February 8, 2021 

Grigor Dimitrov vs Marin Cilic: Preview

Dimitrov did not enjoy a particularly good season in 2020 and only made it to the semi-finals of two events, the Mexico Open and the European Open. The Bulgarian veteran is a tremendously skilled athlete who also carries a big serve in his arsenal. 

However, his opponent Marin Cilic is one of the best servers the sport has seen. Cilic is six-foot-six and can strike the ball with blistering force. It will be an intense battle when these two meet in the first round of the Australian Open 2021. 

Marin Cilic plays the ball. Photo: Jonas Güttler/dpa (Photo by Jonas Güttler/picture alliance via Getty Images)

There hasn’t been generous amounts of time for Dimitrov and Cilic to prepare for this match, but such is the situation at the moment. Cilic has won 18 titles in his career but hasn’t won any silverware since 2018. 

Grigor Dimitrov vs Marin Cilic: Head-to-Head

Dimitrov and Cilic are familiar foes who’ve faced each other before. In fact, they’ve met each six times in the past, and Cilic holds the upper hand with a 4-2 record

The first-ever meeting between Dimitrov and Cilic came at the 2014 Brisbane International tournament where the latter cruised to a straight-set victory. However, it was Dimitrov who got the better of the Croatian in their most recent match at Roland Garros 2019. 

Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria reacts during his Men’s Singles semi-final match against Daniil Medvedev of Russia on day twelve of the 2019 US Open at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center on September 06, 2019 in the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Dimitrov vs Cilic: Prediction


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Although Cilic leads the head-to-head, Dimitrov has played better tennis in the last few months. Hence, it would be a massive challenge for Cilic to bring out his best game and outplay Dimitrov at Melbourne. 

Marin Cilic had a disappointing campaign in 2020 and did not reach the quarterfinal of any tournament he played. The 32-year-old’s shoulder and knee issues have been restricting him from bringing out his best game and has largely faded his form. 

Grigor Dimitrov looks to be in good touch and has the edge over Marin Cilic ahead of their match on Monday. We predict Dimitrov to win the match in four sets. 


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Arjun Athreya is a senior writer at Essentially Sports and has been contributing since early 2020. Having developed an avid interest in sports at an early age, he pursued a Journalism degree and graduated from Madras Christian College. Arjun manages the Golf division and its content, and primarily covers news pertaining to the NBA as well.