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Betway Tennis Props: Marin Cilic To Win Wimbledon By 2020?

Betway Tennis Props: Marin Cilic To Win Wimbledon By 2020?

Croatia - A Small Country With A Big Sporting Footprint

Croatia is a relatively small European country with a population of just over 4 million people that has made a big impact on the international sporting stage over the years, and in particular the sport of tennis. They became the first unseeded team to win the Davis Cup in 2005, made the semi-finals in 2009, and managed to make it to the final in 2016, again as an unseeded team.

Croatia has produced three grand slam tennis champions since it's independence in 1991. Nineteen year-old Iva Majoli defeated sixteen year-old Martina Hingis in the final of the French Open in 1997, becoming the first and only Croatian female to win a major, while Goran Ivanisevic became just the second unseeded player in history to win Wimbledon, and is also the only player to win Wimbledon outside of the top four seeds in the last twenty years.

Marin Cilic - Croatia's Best 

Cilic became the country's third grand slam winner when he defeated Japan's Kei Nishikori in straight sets at the 2014 US Open. Cilic upset second seed Roger Federer and sixth seed Tomas Berdych on the way to his maiden grand slam victory, establishing himself as one of the main grand slam contenders outside of the big three at the time (Federer, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal).

Cilic's win at the US Open in 2014 was followed by another strong run in the 2015 edition, however on this occasion he ran into a white-hot Djokovic in the semi-finals, winning just three games on the way to a straight-sets loss to the eventual tournament winner.

Since then, his only notable performance at a grand slam has been his 2017 Wimbledon final defeat at the hands of evergreen Roger Federer.

In spite of below average performances at grand slam tournaments over the years, Cilic has managed to slowly make his way up the ATP men's rankings, and he recently celebrated his 29th birthday with a move to a career-high fifth place. His ascent has no doubt been helped by the fall of Djokovic, however he has managed to fight off challenges from up-and-comers like Austria's Dominic Thiem and should be buoyed by the fact that Germany's Alexander Zverev Jr. is the only man above him in the rankings that is younger than he is.

Yet for whatever reason, he and many of the men on the cusp of grand slam glory like Nishikori, Canada's Milos Raonic and South Africa's Kevin Anderson simply can't find a way to break into the top echelon of players. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal have returned to form, and have thrown down the challenge to the young contenders, setting an example and expectation as to what it takes to win a grand slam. The fact that Nadal was able to win the US Open this year says a lot (and not a lot of good) about the chasing pack.

Can Marin Cilic Win Wimbledon by 2020? 

So what are Marin Cilic's chances of winning a second grand slam in the immediate future? He perhaps should have won Wimbledon this year over an ageing yet resurgent Federer, and he will need to improve on a pretty mediocre record on the biggest stage.

His best tournament, in terms of results, has been the US Open with one win and one semi-final appearance, although in recent years his Wimbledon form has been the most consistent - he has not failed to make it to the quarter-final stage in the last four years.

But consistency has been the biggest issue for the Croatian throughout his career. He has only once made it past the fourth round of the Australian Open in nine attempts, despite it being one of the most complementary surfaces for Cilic's big serve, and has struggled to overcome lower-seeded players in the early rounds of tournaments.

His appearance in the final at Wimbledon will at least give him confidence going into the 2018 season, although you can be sure that Roger Federer will be focussing on returning to defend his title at the All England Club, while Rafael Nadal's win at the US Open shows that even he will be a threat at the prestigious event. It remains to be seen whether Andy Murray or Novak Djokovic will return to their best, but if so, there's already four names that have a better chance than Cilic. He will need to play out of his skin to even reach the semi-finals next year.

Perhaps 2019 is more likely. Surely by then the Fed Express will have slowed to a halt (although I wouldn't bet against him playing), and Cilic may have an easier run to the trophy. However, by this stage the Croatian will be pushing 31 years of age, and as a big man who is already heavily reliant on a big service game and not the most agile on the court, age may start to get the better of him. He may be a better chance than in 2018, but it also could be his last opportunity.

By 2020, one feels that Cilic will be past the peak of his career, which is arguably very close to its summit right now. With an array of young players coming through the ranks it will be extremely unlikely to see the big man make his way to a grand slam final.

Marin Cilic To Win Wimbledon by 2010?

Some of the top bookmakers, starting with Betway, have opened up a market especially for this particular question, although the odds aren't overly favourable. For Cilic to not win Wimbledon in the next three years, you will only receive -1000, while the odds for him to lift the prestigious trophy are set at +500. At these odds, it isn't really worthwhile placing a wager either way.

Our recommendation is to follow Cilic closely over the next six months, particularly during his performance at the Australian Open. As discussed above, this has traditionally been his least productive slam out of the three on hard court or grass, so if he makes it to at least the quarter finals of the season's first slam (something he hasn't managed since 2010), he is likely to be in good stead for Wimbledon. If he bows out early, expect more of the same from Marin Cilic.

Tennis Betting Tips

While Marin Cilic's chances of winning Wimbledon in the next three years is somewhat difficult to pick, you can always put your money behind the Croatian star in individual tournaments, and his style of play normally provides punters with plenty of options. Of course, you will find all of the best betting sites and best odds right here, as well as tips and previews for every upcoming tournament.

For example, the best betting sites will offer over/under markets on the number of aces in a match, and also a market for who will serve the most out of the two opponents. Marin Cilic is known for his stellar service game, as mentioned above, so you should always look to back him in this market.

Another good bet would be for Cilic to make the quarter-final stage of Wimbledon 2018. Some betting companies will provide markets that feature individual player progression in the major tournaments, and we've already noted Marin has made it to at least the quarters in the last four Wimbledon Championships, so it's also a worthwhile bet.

What do you think of Cilic's chances to win Wimbledon before 2020? Can he win a second grand slam or will he settle for his sole US Open triumph? Who do you think is more likely to rise from the pack and dominate mens tennis for the next three years? Be sure to join in the conversation on Facebook and let us know what you think.

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