Cilic leads their previous matches 2-1. They last met In Tokyo in October 2016. Cilic won on a hard court in 3 sets.
2017 form favours Paire. He is working with a new coach and the immediate effect that often happens with a change in coaching staff could be seen in Montpellier last week.
Cilic lost to Brown last week and Evans in Melbourne. He is far from his best and his confidence seems low. If Paire can continue with his strong form he has a chance to take at least a set and it won’t be a surprise if he takes the match. There is a slight doubt in my mind that his form faded as last week went on. He may be tired today.
The initial value is on Paire. Lay Cilic around 1.30 and remove liability if Paire gets a break of serve