Marin Čilić has advanced to another Grand Slam final – the third in his career!
Marin Čilić is in the final of the Australian Open! The Croatian tennis player was better than Kyle Edmund, defeating him with a score of 6:2, 7:6, 6:2 after two hours and 20 minutes of play, reports Gol.hr on January 25, 2018.
In Sunday’s final, Čilić could play against Roger Federer, his opponent in the Wimbledon final, who tomorrow plays in the semi-final match against Korean Chung Hyeon who defeated Zverev and Djokovic.
By advancing to the finals, Čilić will achieve the best ranking of his career. On Monday, he will be the third best tennis player in the world, regardless of how he finishes in the final.
In the first set, Čilić took the serve to Edmund 4-2, which once again finished it in his favor after 36 minutes of play. In the first set, Edmund requested a medical time-out that lasted eight minutes.
In the second set, Edmund found his game, put himself under pressure and argued with the referee – he forced the set to a tie-break where Čilić was better again. In the third set, Čilić took the serve twice, which brought him to his third Grand Slam final.
Apart from today, Čilić had only played against Edmund, who is 49th in the ATP ranking, one other time. The two met last year in the second round of the Masters 1000 series in Shanghai where Čilić celebrated the win.
Čilić has played against Federer nine times, only defeating the Swiss player once. Federer was better both times the duo met last year. Against Hyeon, who is 58th in the ATP rankings, Čilić has celebrated a win all three times they’ve met.
By entering this final, Čilić is one step closer to Goran Ivanišević’s Grand Slam final record. If you recall, Ivanišević played four Grand Slam finals in his career. Čilić has already participated in the finals of the US Open in 2014 which he won, though he lost in 2017 in the Wimbledon final.
Translated from Gol.hr