Nadal vs Cilic Head to Head Stats

The first Nadal vs Cilic match was in the semifinals of the ATP Beijing tournament in 2009 with Marin Cilic winning the match in straight sets (6-1, 6-3).

In total Nadal and Cilic have played each other a total of nine times with Nadal currently leading their head to head seven wins to two.

The last time Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal played each other was in the 4th round of the US Open in 2019, which Nadal won 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2.

Nadal vs Cilic Head to Head Stats

Nadal vs Cilic Quick Facts

Rafael NadalvsMarin Cilic
1986Year born1988
2001 Year turned Pro2005
Left handedPlaysRight handed
Two handed backhandBackhandTwo handed backhand
7Matches won2
78% (7/9)Winning Percentage22% (2/9)
6Matches won on a hard court2
1Matches won on clay0
0Matches won on grass0
0Matches won in Finals0
2Matches won in Grand Slam Tournaments1
3Matches won in Masters 1000 Tournaments0
0Matches won in ATP World Tour Finals0
0Matches won in the Davis Cup0

Nadal vs Cilic Head to Head Stats

Head to Head at the Grand Slams

Cilic and Nadal have played each other a total of three times in grand slam tournaments (twice at the Australian Open and once at the US Open with Nadal currently leading their grand slam H2H 2-1.

They have yet to play each other at Wimbledon or the French Open.

YearGrand SlamRoundWinnerMatch Score
2019US OpenRound of 16Nadal6-3,3-6, 6-1, 6-2
2018Australian OpenQuarterfinalsCilic3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 2-0 (Retired)
2011Australian OpenRound of 16Nadal6-2, 6-4, 6-3

Head to Head by Court Surface

To date, all but one of their matches have been on hard courts (seven outdoor and one indoor).

The only other court surface they have played each other on was clay at the 2011 Rome Open.

They have yet to play each other on a grass court.

Head to Head on Hard Courts

Nadal and Cilic have played each other a total of eight times on hard courts with their H2H currently standing 6-2 in favor of Nadal.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2019US OpenRound of 16Nadal6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 6-2
2018Canada OpenQuarterfinalsNadal2-6, 6-4, 6-4
2018Australian OpenQuarterfinalsCilic3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 2-0 (Retired)
2017Shanghai MastersSemifinalsNadal7-5, 7-6
2017AcapulcoSemifinalsNadal6-1, 6-2
2015Basel IndoorsQuarterfinalsNadal4-6, 6-3, 6-3
2011Australian OpenRound of 16Nadal6-2, 6-4, 6-3
2009BeijingSemifinalsCilic6-1, 6-3

Head to Head on Clay Courts

Marin Cilic and Rafael Nadal have only ever played each other once on clay and that was at the 2011 Rome Open, with Nadal winning the match in straight sets.

YearTournamentRoundWinnerMatch Score
2011Rome OpenQuarterfinalsNadal6-1, 6-3

Nadal vs Cilic Matches Played per Year

Below is a summary of the matches played by Nadal and Cilic over the years.

So far Nadal has dominated their H2H with Cilic winning only two of the nine matches they have played against each other.

YearMatches PlayedNadal WinsCilic WinsH2H (Nadal – Cilic)
2009110-1
20100-1
2011222-1
20122-1
20132-1
20142-1
2015113-1
20163-1
2017225-1
20182116-2
2019117-2
20207-2
20217-2
20227-2

Below are match highlights from their meeting at the US Open in 2019.

Frequently Asked Questions about the Nadal and Cilic Rivalry

How many times has Marin Cilic beaten Rafael Nadal?

Marin Cilic has beaten Rafael Nadal twice in his career to date (2009 Beijing and 2018 Australian Open).

How many times have Nadal and Cilic played each other?

Nadal and Cilic have played each other a total of nine times (2009 Beijing, 2011 Australian Open, 2011 Rome Open, 2015 Basel Indoors, 2017 Mexican Open, 2017 Shanghai Masters, 2018 Australian Open, 2018 Canada Masters, and 2019 US Open)

When did Nadal and Cilic first play each other?

Their first match was in Beijing in 2015, where Cilic won the match 6-1, 6-3.

Has Marin Cilic ever beaten Nadal on Clay?

No, Cilic has never beaten Nadal on clay.

Has Marin Cilic ever beaten Nadal at the French Open?

They have yet to play each other at the French Open.

Have Nadal and Cilic ever played each other on grass?

No, they have yet to play each other on grass.

Have Nadal and Cilic ever played doubles together?

To date, Nadal and Cilic have not played doubles together.