French Open 2021: Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic Preview; Head-to-Head & Prediction

Published 06/01/2021, 8:46 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier


Former World No. 1 Roger Federer is scheduled to face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the second-round match at the French Open 2021 on Wednesday. To have such a competitive duel so early on in the tournament is a treat for spectators. Usually, these two athletes have faced each other in the semifinals or finals. 

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Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic: Preview

Speaking about the Swiss ace, Roger Federer is playing his first Grand Slam tournament since the Australian Open 2020. He was seen in Doha earlier this season and most recently in Geneva.

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However, he suffered early defeats in those events and that did cause concern with regard to his form and how he would cope with the young guns on Tour. 

On the other hand, Marin Cilic has not been in the best form we’ve seen in the past. Nonetheless, he has beaten the Swiss maestro in the past and he could use his experience in their meeting. 

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Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Switzerland’s Roger Federer in action during his first round match against Uzbekistan’s Denis Istomin REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Federer vs Cilic: Head-to-Head

Over the years, Federer and Clic have competed against each other on 10 occasions. The Basel-born superstar has dominated the duel, winning nine of those matches. 

Initially, these two players faced each other during the early rounds of the tournaments. However, their previous meetings in the near past have been towards the business end of the events. 

Federer vs Cilic: Prediction

Yesterday was the first competitive match Federer played in over a year. His movement on the court, along with the execution of his shot-making, was encouraging to see. 

Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – May 31, 2021 Croatia’s Marin Cilic in action during his first round match against France’s Arthur Rinderknech REUTERS/Sarah Meyssonnier

Cilic also looked in good form, winning his match comfortably in straight sets. However, when he will be up against Roger tomorrow, it will be a tough task. 

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The Swiss star will be the favorite to win the match and if he plays the manner in which he sealed the win in his first-round match, the battle tomorrow should not last long in their match at the French Open 2021

Prediction: Roger Federer to win in four sets

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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