Tennis: Going into his match against South Africa"s Kevin Anderson yesterday, Cilic"s 2013 season Win/Loss record stood at 18/8, 5/3 on the clay surface. In comparison, Anderson"s Win/Loss record stood at 23/9 and at 7/3 on clay.
Betting odds stated that if Anderson brought his A game, served intelligently and big, but most importantly played confidently throughout the match, believing that he can get over the hurdle, then he can knock out the 11th seeded Croatian.
Anderson"s confidence, or lack thereof against higher ranked opponents has been a point of discussion around his matches of late.
This time around Anderson did indeed defeat Marin Cilic - impressively in straight sets at that (6-3 7-6), to advance through to the third round. He will face a familiar foe in Tomas Berdych next.
Berdych is seeded 6th in this tournament and despite their closely contested 7 previous encounters, the South African has never beaten the Czech in his career.
Anderson"s recent loss was to Berdych in Madrid (6(5)-7 5-7), while Berdych"s recent loss was to Stanislas Wawrinka in the same event.
Will Anderson come up with the magic to add a bit of drama to the men"s singles draw? Or will Berdych continue to dominate him? All will be revealed soon.