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Australian Open: Marin Cilic joins elite group at final

27 January 2018

"Unbelievable performance from both of us and really unfortunate for Rafa", Cilic said after the match.

"He played a very good tournament. obviously it's very sad for him to finish the way he did". When you're wounded, sometimes the balls are going in, so I was really paying attention to the first couple of games.

"I just tried to stay in my own box and continue with playing well, continue with that intensity".

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"I'm playing much, much more aggressive", said Cilic. "(Tuesday) night is ideal conditions, no sun, no wind", said the former Wimbledon champion, via ausopen.com, the official website of the tournament. Big congratulations to him for making the semi-finals.

"I think in time, Kyle will prefer the hard court".

Cilic will come into the match with Edmund in some sensational form, but he won't be able to take the Briton lightly, who has got some big scalps at the Open.

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"This has already happened to me a couple of times in this tournament and it's really tough to accept, especially after a tough December when I missed starting the season in Abu Dhabi and then Brisbane". That ended a 3-hour, 47-minute contest.

That will be followed by the other men's quarterfinal Tuesday: Grigor Dimitrov against Kyle Edmund, the only British male in the draw after Andy Murray withdrew to have hip surgery.

Edmund, who was born in South Africa and moved to Yorkshire aged three, is still to reach his first final on the ATP Tour but will climb to a career-high position of around 25 when the rankings are updated on Monday.

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"That second set was relying more or less on the serve and first shot who's gonna be in control".

Mertens will take on Danish second seed Caroline Wozniacki or Spanish veteran Carla Suarez Navarro in Thursday's semifinals.

Defending champion Federer thrashed Cilic in the Wimbledon final and will be favorite to beat him at Rod Laver Arena on Sunday as he bids for his 20th grand slam title. He crushed me in the US Open semi-finals. At the beginning of the fourth set it was visibly evident that the 13-time Grand Slam victor was in severe pain.

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The U.S. Open champion won a double tie break in the opening set and continued to heap pressure on the youngster with his powerful serve.

Australian Open: Marin Cilic joins elite group at final