After pulling off unexpected quarter-final victories, Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund square off for a spot in 2018 Australian Open men’s final.
History: Played 1: Cilic 1 V Edmund 0.
Last meeting: October 11, 2017 (Shanghai Masters – R32): Cilic d Edmund 6-3, 7-5.
Final Thoughts: Marin Cilic and Kyle Edmund line up for an unlikely semi-final showdown after pulling off massive upsets in the quarters.
Sixth seed Cilic battered Rafael Nadal into submission, the world No.1 eventually succumbing to injury when the towering Croatian led 2-0 in the fifth set. World No.49 Edmund, meanwhile, sprung an even more stunning boilover by knocking third seed Grigor Dimitrov out in four sets.
It’s been a breakout tournament for British 23-year-old Edmund, who beat 11th seed Kevin Anderson in a five-set first-round marathon, and also outlasted the veteran Andreas Seppi in four sets. Showing outstanding stamina, the youngster has played 21 sets in his five matches so far – after never previously making it past the fourth round of a slam event.
Cilic has also had to grind out some tough wins, downing Joao Sousa and Ryan Harrison in straight sets before winning three tie-breaks in a gruelling four-set win over 10th seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the fourth round.
The 29-year-old Cilic lines up for his second Australian Open semi after losing at that stage in 2010. He brings the experience of a US Open triumph in 2014 and a Wimbledon final appearance last year. The winner of 17 career titles easily accounted for Edmund in Shanghai just three months ago, but little about the upstart’s form then or since could have forecast this sort of memorable, career-best charge.
Cilic has the edge with experience and a powerful serve and forehand, but expect this one to go four sets or more.