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Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic: Rogers Cup Round 3 Preview

By Pawan Atri    + Follow

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Roger Federer vs. Marin Cilic: Rogers Cup Round 3 Preview
Former World No.1 Roger looked in superb form in his Rogers Cup opener against the Canadian wildcard Peter Polansky. Can the Swiss produce a similar display against the former top-tenner Marin Cilic in the third round of the tournament on Thursday?

17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer’s continued resurgence has made him one of the heavy favorites for the upcoming US Open in New York. In fact, with Rafael Nadal out of action and doubtful for the Final Major at Flushing Meadows due to a right wrist injury, the Swiss could find himself seeded second for the event.

The soon-to-be 33-year-old began his quest for a third title in Toronto with a glorious performance against the 129th ranked Peter Polansky on Wednesday. The maestro made it look all so easy as he stormed through to a 6-2, 6-0 win in just 51 minutes. Federer also unveiled his new RF 97 racquet and made a belligerent start to the contest as he broke Polansky in the first game and afterwards went on to put his foot on the accelerator as he completely outplayed his rival during the course of the evening.

Meanwhile, Marin Cilic may have won his two matches in Ontario, but he has essentially struggled with his consistency as he was taken to three sets in both his first and the second round contests. In fact, in round 2 he was forced to rally from behind because he had dropped the first set to the Tunisian Malek Jaziri. But, he would not want to make a poor start against Federer as it could prove too costly for him as Federer is a great front-runner.

Head-to-Head: Federer has a perfect 4-0 record against Cilic with three of his wins against him coming on the hard courts. And, armed with a brand new racquet The Great Man will reach the Rexall Centre as the heavy favorite to improve his record to 5-0 on Thursday night.  

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US Open, Men Singles  Final
Kei Nishikori (JPN) 0 3 3 3
Marin Cilic (CRO) Winner 3 6 6 6
Nishikori - Cilic    3 - 6    3 - 6    3 - 6   
Served By: M Cilic Won By: Cilic
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