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Thursday's Tennis Channel Plus Match of the Day features world No. 4 Marin Cilic taking on Malek Jaziri in Istanbul.
Five days after his wedding, Cilic is back to work. The top seed in Istanbul earned a bye into the round of 16, and will be looking to get some matches under his belt after his break—and after cooling from a hot start to his season. The 29-year-old fell in the round of 32 in Indian Wells, the round of 16 in Miami and the quarterfinals in Monte Carlo.
For a former US Open champion and runner-up at Wimbledon in 2017 and the Australian Open in 2018, expectations are high, especially at smaller tournaments such as this one. Cilic knows this, so expect him to come out with some fire on Thursday.
Match point from Marin Cilic's win over Fernando Verdasco in Monte Carlo: