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27 Jan 2018 by TSZ

Australian Open 2018 - Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer Preview

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Quick Facts

Where is Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer taking place? Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne

When is Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer on and what time does it start? Sunday 28th January, 2018 - 08:30 (UK)

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

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

Where can I get tickets for Marin Cilic vs Roger Federer? https://resale.ticketmaster.com.au/australian-open-tickets-melbourne-vic-28-1-2018/tickets/2066401

The Lowdown

MARIN CILIC

  • Cilic is, by his own admission, playing at the top of his game and is fully deserving of his place in the final where he will hope to put on a better performance against Federer than he did in their Wimbledon showdown last year.
  • The fast hard court on Rod Laver Arena certainly suits his powerful game and he will draw upon the memories of his dominant three-set victory over Federer in their 2014 US Open semi-final clash.

ROGER FEDERER

  • Federer's semi-final was over almost as soon as it began as Hyeon Chung was forced to retire in the second set because of blisters and the Swiss maestro will now be seeking a record-extending 20th Grand Slam title.
  • The reigning champion, still yet to drop a set in Melbourne this year, has spent several hours less than Cilic on the court so far and so there are no concerns over his physical condition.

The Statistics

The Prediction

In a repeat of last year's Wimbledon final, we should be treated to a more competitive affair this time around as blisters curtailed Cilic's performance significantly at SW19. The Croatian has clearly been playing with great confidence here and, despite being involved in some lengthy battles, has stated that he feels in peak physical condition going into the final.

Federer's path to the final has been smooth sailing and he is naturally the favourite to seal his 20th Grand Slam title, but this should fittingly be his greatest challenge of the two weeks so the prediction is for him to take victory in four sets.

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