Federer clinches Australian open victory with win over Marin Cilic

Rodger Federer lifts the Australian Open title defeating Marin Cilic 2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 1-6* Federer clinches his 20th ever Grand Slam title! In real style! Credit to Cilic, He fought back but today was all about Federer who blew his opponent away in the first and fifth sets. Momentum was on the Swiss sensations side when it mattered fantastic stuff! 

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, *1-5 Federer breaks! Cilic looks dejected here! Federer is serving out for his sixth Australian Open title! 

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 1-4* Another imperious service game from Federer as he wins to love. Federer is gliding across the court today.  

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, *1-3 Cilic keeps the game alive, for now. Holding his serve

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 0-3* 3-0 up for Federer, a misplaced forehand from Cilic gives the game to the Swiss superstar. Surely momentum is on his side now?   

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, *0-2 An early break! The tie is in Federer's favour now! Can the Swiss Maestro hold on to lift his 20th Grand Slam title? The crowd certainly seem to behind him! 

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 6-3, 0-1* Federer goes 1 up in the fifth after an epic game of tennis. An accurate backhand from Federer gives him the game after saving two break points

Fifth Set - *Denotes server

What a fightback from Cilic in the fourth! Check out the highlights of the fourth set! 

 

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, *6-3 A heroic fightback from Cilic! He holds serve to tie up the game at 2-2 we are going to a fifth and final set! 

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 5-3* Game of the match! Cilic has stepped up in confidence at one point he had three break points, but Federer fights back to deuce. A fine forehand gives Cilic the point! The Croatian is serving for the set! 

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, *4-3 Cilic holds serve! Federer had a  break point, but Cilic battled back an Ace gave the Croatian the match

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 3-3* Cilic breaks back! Hello, do we have a game on our hands? The Croatian cracks a forehand to level the games in the set!

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, *2-3 Cilic holds on, but it seems a bit futile it's only a matter of time that Federer wins this.  

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 1-3* Federer blitzes through another game to love. A backhand drop shot of real quality seals the game for the 2017 Champion

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, *1-2 A battling game from Cilic who holds his serve at 30-30 to take the game- He needs to break back to stay in the contest

2-6, 7-6, 3-6, 0-2* Federer goes two upholding his serve. You can see the confidence going from Cilic at the minute. This is only going one way.   

2-6, 7-6, 3-6 *0-1 An early break for Federer in the fourth! A sliced return from Cilic made the net. A huge advantage for Federer!

Fourth Set - *Denotes server

 

Federer bossed the third set! Check out the highlights above! 

2-6, 7-6, 3-6* That's the Set for Federer! He blows away Cilic in the final game 40-0. Federer is only a set away from his 20th Grand Slam title

2-6, 7-6, *3-5 Cilic holds the serve, after Federer loses two points with overhit shots. Not the best game from the Fed Express

2-6, 7-6, 2-5* It's advantage Federer as Cilic misplaces a forehand to give his opponent the game. It's a return to Cilic's form in the first set, making sloppy mistakes, and missing easy chances to put away the match. The Croatian is now serving to stay in the set. 

2-6, 7-6, *2-4 Just like that Federer breaks Cilic! Federer had three game points, before Cilic won a point. A misplaced forehand gives the 2017 Champion the advantage. 

2-6, 7-6, 2-3* is the tide turning in Cilic's favour? The pair trade points, but the veteran Federer remains calm and holds on to win the game

2-6, 7-6, *2-2 Cilic is full of confidence here, spraying the ball all over the court. Federer nets a backhand to give Cilic the game

2-6, 7-6, 1-2* We have a real battle on our hands here! A forehand gives the Croatian the early advantage, but two Aces from Federer ensures that he fights back, and holds his serve. 

2-6, 7-6, *1-1 Cilic holds on, and a fine backhand seals the game. Cilic has truly put the first set behind him. 

2-6, 7-6, 0-1* Comfortable service game from Federer

All to play for here, Cilic is back in the match without playing well. Will be interesting to see how Federer fights back! Game on! 

Third Set - *Denotes server

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An interesting second set that! Check out the highlights above! 

 

Tie Break! Two consecutive aces give Federer the early advantage, but Cilic shows plenty of character with a forehand winner to level it a 3-3. Another forehand smash gives Cilic two set points and the Croatian holds to win 7-5. 7-6 in the second set the Croatian levels it up! The sets are even at 1-1!

2-6, 6-6* an all to familiar service game from Federer. We are heading to a tie-break in the second set! 

2-6, *6-5 Cilic is finding his stride here a 40-0 win is capped with a thunderous Ace. The set is finely poised

2-6, 5-5* That was a close call for Federer! A double fault gives Cilic set point, but the Croatian cannot take advantage and Federer battles back to take the game. 

2-6, *5-4 Federer looked like he was about to break when a backhand gave him a 30-40 lead. Credit to Cilic, he recovered with a couple of big serves. Federer is serving to stay in the set 

2-6, 4-4* Cilic fights back but Federer shows his class yet again. A long forehand mistake from Cilic gives Federer the game. 

2-6, *4-3 Cilic seems to have put the disastrous first set behind him. He holds his serve again, coming up with an Ace to seal the game. 

2-6, 3-3* 40-0 game for Federer, as the Swiss star speeds through another game. Textbook from Federer!

2-6, *3-2 Cilic holds serve again but battled back from a break point down. An Ace sealed the game for the Croatian 

2-6, 2-2* Federer holds service again with ease, routine stuff from the 19 time Grand Slam winner 

2-6, *2-1 Fourth straight service game for Cilic won, but the Croatian made hard work of that in what was the longest game of the contest so far. After the game going to deuce 5 times, Federer's backhand just reached the net giving Cilic the advantage. 

2-6, 1-1* Federer battles back from two break points down to take his first service game, Cilic misses a forehand to give his opponent the game. 

2-6, *1-0 Cilic holds his serve in the second set. Still, plenty of tennis to play here. 

Second Set - *Denotes server

That was a breathless first set of tennis! Check out the highlights above! 

2-6* That's the set in 24 minutes for Federer, a dream start from the 36-year old! 13 unforced errors from Cilic, how will the Croatian bounce back? 

*2-5 Cilic holds his serve for the second time, It's too late to save the set for the Croatian but that will be a mental boost. Federer saw his backhand hit the net to give the game to his opponent. Federer is serving for the set

1-5* Another to love game for Federer, who takes a commanding lead, Cilic is serving to stay in the set

*1-4 Cilic 30-0 up Federer fights back, backhand at the net gives Cilic the advantage and the Croatian  holds his serve to register his first game win

0-4* Another comfortable game for Federer who is closing in on the first set at breakneck speed. 

*0-3 It's been a dream start here for the defending champion! 3-0 up in no time and another break of serve, Cilic really needs to recover and quickly

0-2* Federer! A comfortable service game, two up with the game sealed with a fine forehand. It's going to be a long night for Cilic

*0-1 Federer has broken already! Cilic's smash hit the net!

We are go! Cilic won the toss and has chosen to serve! Remember * denotes the Server!

Cilic Stat!

We are nearly underway at the Rod Laver! Just before it all starts! A lovely Cilic stat for you! Imagine if the big Croatian can beat Federer!

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If @cilic_marin wins #AusOpen 2018, he will become just the ninth man in the Open Era to beat both the No.1 and No.2 seeds at a Grand Slam.

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Roof News! 

The Referee has spoken! Due to temperatures, The Australian Open final will be played with the roof closed! 

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The referee has implemented the heat policy and the final will be played under a closed roof. #AusOpen

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Sixth time a charm for Federer? 

Will it be a sixth Australian Open for Federer by the end of the day? The Swiss superstar won last years tournament and will be looking to win back to back Australian Open wins since 2006 & 2007. As for Cilic, this is his first ever Australian Open final, could the 29-year-old shock the number 2 seed and come away with the title? You can watch all of the action on beIN SPORTS Connect. 

Road to the final 

For both finalists, they endured tough runs to the final, although retiring players did help their quest to progress. Cilic needed to win two tiebreaks to get the better of Pablo Carreno Busta 6–7(2–7), 6–3, 7–6(7–0), 7–6(7–3). Whilst in the quarterfinals Cilic battled to five sets with number one seed Rafa Nadal before the Spaniard retired.  Heading to the Semi-finals and the Croatian got the better of surprise package Kyle Edmund 6–2, 7–6(7–4), 6–2 to book his place in his third Grand Slam final. 

As for Federer, straight sets victories over Richard Gasquet, Márton Fucsovics & Tomáš Berdych saw the Fed-express roll into the semi-finals with relative ease. Up next was South Korean youngster Chung Hyeon who had knocked out Novak Djokovic on route to his first ever semi-final. Predictably Federer dominated the early sets 6–1, 5–2, before Hyeon retired with blisters. 

Key Stats

So Ahead of the 50th Australian Open final between Federer and Cilic, we have decided to run down a few key stats. 

 

  • If Rodger Federer wins today, it will be the Swiss superstars 20th Grand Slam title
  • Federer is taking part in a record 30th Grand Slam final
  • Federer would be the only male player to achieve the feat of 20 Grand Slam titles, joining Margaret Court, Serena Williams and Steffi Graff. 
  • Federer is through to a record seventh Australian Open Final, and will be looking to win it for the sixth time
  • Federer is the oldest man to reach a Grand Slam final since 39-year-old Ken Rosewall at the 1974 US Open
  • The duo has faced each other on nine occasions and Federer has the upper hand, winning eight times. 

 

  • Marin Cilic is looking to lift his second major Grand Slam after winning the 2014 US Open
  • Cilic is competing to be the first ever Croatian to win the Australian Open
  • Cilic & Federer last met in the 2017 Wimbledon final- Federer ran out the 6–3, 6–1, 6–4 winner

 

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