US Open 2015: Tsonga v. Cilic Quarterfinal Prediction

Marin Cilic vs. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga

I don’t normally start doing individual match predictions until the semifinal round, but Serena vs. Venus with a Grand Slam quest in progress I figure that match deserves its own preview so I will do it for all four matches.

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga is playing quite well.  He has moved through this draw without dropping a set.  Marin Cilic has reached back-to-back quarterfinals at major events stopping some of the injury induced decline in his results.  Who wins this battle of big men?

They are players with fairly even skill sets.  Cilic might have a slightly bigger serve, but I think Tsonga has a bit more explosiveness in his movement and is a little better at the net.  I think Cilic’s return when guiding a tough serve may be an edge. However, Tsonga seems healthy and is playing with more confidence than Cilic through 4 rounds.  I think form and confidence matter a great deal in a 50-50 match.

My Prediction: Jo-Wilfried Tsonga d. Marin Cilic 7-5, 6-7, 6-4, 6-4

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