No. 2 seed Daniil Medvedev of Russia will face No 32 seed Marin Cilic in the third round of the 2021 Wimbledon on Saturday, 3 July.
The winner of this tie will advance to face either No. 14 seed Hubert Hurkacz of Poland or Kazakhstan's Alexander Bublik in the fourth round.
This will be their second head-to-head matchup as Daniil Medvedev won 6-4 7-6 when the two met in the quarter-finals of the 2019 Citi Open in Washington.
Daniil Medvedev Betting PReview
Daniil Medvedev enjoyed a comfortable 6-4 6-1 6-2 win over Carlos Alcaraz to match his best Wimbledon performance of a third-round appearance – for the third time in a row.
The World No. 2 already improved his best ever French Open performance earlier in the season and the 25-year-old Russian is now bidding to build on his Wimbledon experience.
After a disappointing performance at the 2021 Halle Open – where top-seed suffered a disappointing 6-7, 3-6 defeat to Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany in the first round – the Russian recently triumphed at the inaugural edition of the Mallorca Championships on his build-up to Wimbledon.
Medvedev defeated Corentin Moutet of France, Casper Ruud of Norway, Pablo Carreño Busta of Spain en route to the final, as well as American Sam Querrey in the final (dropping a set only against Carreño Busta) to claim his first career grass court title in a morale-boosting manner.
Jan-Lennard Struff was once again Medvedev's first match at Wimbledon but this time the Russian prevailed in four sets, even though he lost the third set and the German took the match in a fourth set tie-break.
All in all, Daniil Medvedev can become No. 1 in the ATP Rankings by either winning the 2021 Wimbledon Championships or reaching the final and Novak Djokovic loses before that.
Marin Cilic Betting Preview
The experienced Croatian is clearly past his prime and his continuous struggles with form were an issue until Cilic won the 2021 Stuttgart Open title last month. The triumph on grass courts in Germany was actually Marin Cilic's 19th singles title but most importantly, his first trophy in three years – since he won the title at the Queen's Club Championships (grass).
It was a much-needed success for the 32-year-old Cilic, who was not seeded, yet the Croatian had not dropped a set en route to the title as he defeated the likes of Rudolf Molleker, Nikoloz Basilashvili, top-seed Denis Shapovalov, Jurij Rodionov, as well as Canadian prodigy Félix Auger-Aliassime in the final.
Marin Cilic's Stuttgart triumph has been followed by a decent performance at Queen's Club where he started with a difficult victory over Austrian Sebastian Ofner in three sets and then claimed a 6-3, 7-6 win over Fabio Fognini of Italy in the round of 16. However, Cilic's seven-match winning streak on grass was ended by Alex de Minaur in the quarter-finals as the Aussie mounted a comeback to wrap up a 3-6, 6-3, 6-4 win.
Now at the All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club, the 2017 finalist hopes to reignite his Grand Slam form and he already defeated Italian Salvatore Caruso (7-6, 7-6, 6-1) and France's Benjamin Bonzi (6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 7-6) in the opening two rounds.
Thus, Marin Cilic has won back-to-back Grand Slam matches for the first time since last year's US Open.
Spooky Express Betting Prediction
Daniil Medvedev is on a six-match winning streak on grass and he surely realizes the opportunity he has to possibly reach another Grand Slam final at the Wimbledon Championships.
Despite the recent surge in Cilic's form, we believe that Medvedev's style is quite unfavorable for the Croatian right now and the Russian will likely snatch a comfortable win.