Australian Open 2018 - Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic​ Preview

Quick Facts

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic on and what time does it start? Tuesday 23rd January, 2018 - 08:00 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic on? Eurosport (UK) & Channel 7 (Australia)

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic? The match can be streamed on both Eurosport Player and Sky Go (providing you have a Eurosport pass)

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic?https://resale.ticketmaster.com.au/australian-open-tickets-melbourne-vic-23-1-2018/tickets/2182752

The Lowdown

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Nadal lost his first set of the tournament in his fourth round victory over Diego Schwartzman but he has been hugely impressive nonetheless in his pursuit of a 17th Grand Slam.
  • The Spaniard generally matches up well with Cilic having beaten the Croat in five of their six career meetings, including an Australian Open clash in 2011.

MARIN CILIC

  • Big-serving Cilic has been quietly navigating his way through the draw and came from a set behind to eliminate Pablo Carreno Busta in a tough fourth round.
  • The world number six has become accustomed to reaching the latter stages of majors having reached at least the quarter-finals in three of the last four Grand Slams.

The Statistics

The Prediction

Cilic defeated Nadal in their first ever meeting back in 2009, but since then the Spaniard has had it all his own way and this week he has played like a man intent on winning the trophy he thinks should have been his last year. If Cilic's serve is on point then he is more than capable of challenging Nadal and taking a set off him, but the world number one has to be favoured here given the form he has displayed so far.