Marin Cilic vs Jack Sock – 14.11.2017 – Betting Tip
The debutante Jack Sock was not intimidated by the raucous atmosphere and the bright lights on his London debut, but his fine serving display was not enough for a serious challenge in the opening clash with the greatest of all time. The American did manage to lead the second set into tie-break saving five break points along the way, but he could just watch the legendary Swiss lifting his arms after just over an hour and a half in the opening outing of the event.
He next faces the big-serving Croat Marin Cilic in the direct clash for the second spot in the Group Boris Becker. The loss here would likely mean goodbye to deep run ambitions for both men.
We’ll go through the most important parameters of the tie including the analyses of both men’s first round clashes on Sunday in our Sports Betting Strategies.
The Croat has been a Top 10 regular in the recent years. He is making his third appearance in four years at the season-ending tournament, but he is yet to leave a deep mark having only won a single of six affairs prior to this year’s edition.
Jonas Bjorkman’s pupil expected a lot of the initial contest with the out-of-form Zverev who came to London losing back-to-back ties with Tsonga (Vienna) and Haase (Paris). Truth be told, the Croat was not in a much better mood himself after falling to the French veteran Julien Benneteau two weeks ago in Bercy.
Marin was too defensive-minded in the opening set which saw him fire no more than three winners and it was no surprise that he eventually lost it after 44 minutes. However, he gradually worked his way into the contest growing in confidence as the match progressed to take it into a decider. The momentum was entirely on his side as he got an early lead there and seemed to be in full control, but the serve has let him down in crucial moments with Zverev grabbing subsequent breaks to come on top 6-4 at the end of the third set.
The Nebraska native earned his first ever appearance at Nitto ATP World Tour Finals thanks to clinching the silverware two weeks ago in Paris. He became the first American to feature the season finale since Mardy Fish in 2011.
It has generally been a rollercoaster campaign for Sock in 2017, but the shocking Masters title combined with a host of injuries in the Top 10 (Murray, Djokovic, Wawrinka, Nishikori) allowed him to make the greatest achievement of his career at the age of 25.
Jack was pretty consistent on his serve throughout the entire course of the match with Roger Federer on Sunday. Anyhow, he was nowhere near getting opportunities on the Swiss’ serve which left him without a set in a 1 h 31 m contest. The clash with Cilic should surely provide much more chances for the American debutante to prove his qualities on the return.
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Head to Head and Stats
Jack Sock has been a tricky opposition for Marin Cilic so far. The Croat lost both of his previous two ties with the all-round American. Both meetings took place last year and both were the best-of-five affairs and we have to take serious note of this in our betting tips.
The American forced a magnificent comeback to turn a two-set deficit into a 3-2 victory in their Davis Cup tie, while Cilic was nowhere near getting a set later in the year when Sock advanced from their third-round contest at US Open.
Out Tips and Predictions
Sock is really good at working the ball all around the court and his ominous form can cause plenty of troubles to Marin’s game on Tuesday. Cilic will be low on confidence after falling to out-of-form Zverev on the opening day and we can hardly see him as the favourite in this one.
Unlike Federer, Cilic will surely give away opportunities on his serve and if Sock can repeat the first-round display, he could be well in position to snatch the first win of his career at the season finale. Cilic is miles away from the shape that led him to Wimbledon final this year, he has a poor 1-6 record at the O2 Arena, and we see the value in backing the American at the 11/10 odds at bet365 here.
Most betting sites in Kenya will offer you the mentioned price for Sock’s win here. The value-seekers can back Sock to win in three sets at the sky-high 7/2 odds given that it is hard to expect a one-way street here.
The momentum will likely swing back and forth throughout the contest which makes the Over 2.5 sets in the match another decent call at the odds of 5/4.