This will be the first time these two players will play against each other.
This is the first edition of this ATP 250 from Singapore. There hadn’t been tennis here since 1999.
In this edition
In the first round, Taro Daniel won in 3 sets against Ramkumar Ramanatan.
As for Marin Cilic, he took advantage of his ranking to start this tournament in the second round.
Marin Cilic, who has not yet won a match this season, is in this ATP 250 with the aim of getting back on track. It must be said that the Croatian is very far from his best level, and this means that he can lose to any opponent.
Taro Daniel is precisely candidate to be the new executioner of Marin Cilic. The Japanese already has a match in the legs. He was able to settle, and this should allow him to enter the battle more easily. It should be noted that he served rather well against Ramanathan, and that his backhand could hurt Cilic very badly.
Now I see a reaction from the Croatian here. It is necessary to know that he likes indoor (already 7 ATP trophies in these conditions) and that should allow him to find some sensations. Let us also note that the current 44th in the world is much more complete than Taro Daniel. Indeed, Cilic should not be satisfied to manage rallies from his line (even if he has the capacity to win many points in forehand). He should be able to vary the game but above all, he should be able to get up to the net. In fact, Taro Daniel seemed to be in trouble more than once in the first round, when his opponent was racing forward. Let’s say that Marin Cilic should be able to repeat this kind of action, but better.
Obviously, Marin Cilic has all the qualities required to make a name for himself. If he manages to spread his wings, even partially, he should be able to leave with the victory. And that’s even if the Croatian will come out on the court lacking in confidence. This often has an impact on the quality of his serve (especially the seconds). It’s up to Taro Daniel to take advantage of this… Or not.
Prediction: Marin Cilic wins