Dominant Cilic crushes Edmund

25 January 2018 22:18:42 GMTPlus11

Marin Cilic will play in the third Grand Slam final of his career this weekend after defeating Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

The 29-year-old Croatian won the US Open in 2014, beating Kei Nishikori in the final, and reached the Wimbledon final six months ago only to be hampered by injury as he was thrashed by Roger Federer in straight sets.

Cilic could face the veteran Swiss star again in the Melbourne final as Federer faces the unseeded South Korean player Hyeon Chung on Friday.

Federer is 1/8 to win the semi-final and 8/11 to triumph in three sets while Cilic is 10/3 to win the Australian Open outright.

The sixth seeded Cilic beat Edmund 6-2 7-6 6-2 although it has still been a remarkable fortnight for the British number two.

Edmund knocked out the 11th seed Kevin Anderson before seeing off the third seed Grigor Dimitrov in the quarter-finals.

Edmund required a medical timeout after the first set and appeared to be struggling with an injury in the closing stages of the contest.

Cilic said after his victory: "I think in the second set I was a bit up and down with my game and not getting enough returns back.

"He started to serve quite good but I stayed mentally very focused and tried to play every single point. It was crucial in the tie-break to keep that pressure.

"I noticed in the third game in the third set, he let a couple of balls go. I was seeing that his movement was restricted so I was trying to move the ball around."

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