Two Grand Slam champions will fight for a place in ATP Basel semifinals. Find out who are we talking about and what is our highest value tennis pick for this event quarterfinals.
Marin Cilic (7) vs. Rafael Nadal (3)
Rafael Nadal was been far from brilliant this week; the Spaniard was close from elimination in two previous matches but managed to survive in both. In first round, Lukas Rosol served for match while Grigor Dimitrov had break up on third set in second round, but in both matches Nadal found a way to turn things around.
Nadal’s serve has been terrible this week winning only 73.3% of service games, which is extremely low in fast Indoor courts like this in Basel. His forehand is also quite inconsistency and giving too many shorts balls for his opponents to attack.
After winning Moscow title, Marin Cilic is looking to extend his winning streak to 7 games. Cilic hasn’t drop a set so far this week and is hasn’t also been broken this week, averaging 1.11 aces per service game.
Marin is hitting the ball extremely well from the baseline and showed that in the match against Teymuraz Gabashvili, dismissing the Russian by 6 – 3 6 – 1 with 50% points won on return.
The game level from Nadal this week has been terrible and is hard to see how he can defeat Cilic on this contest. Rosol had the match on his pocket in first round but choked when serving for the match with 30 – 0. The same happened with Dimitrov, was break up in all three sets but just too erratic and poor mentally.
Nadal’s crossed forehand did good damage on Grigor’s one-handed backhand but this time the higher bounce of that shot will be perfect for Cilic to attack.
Tennis Pick: Marin Cilic ML (+123) at Pinnacle