Federer Faces Cilic In Australian Open Final

Nadal showed visible frustration with his body before retiring. Pic Getty

Nadal showed visible frustration with his body before retiring. Pic Getty

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal will square off against World No. 6 Marin Cilic on Tuesday in the quarter-final of the 2018 Australian Open at the Rod Laver Arena.

Roger Federerand Rafael Nadal might be arch-rivals on court but off it they are good friends and the compassionate Swiss star has been anxious about the injured world number one.

After losing the first two games in the fifth set, the 2017 Australian Open runner-up chose to call it quits, paving way for Cilic to move further in the tournament. He lashed heatedly with the chair umpire, who had awarded a point to Cilic after he successfully challenged a fault call.

Edmund had never recovered from losing the first two sets to win a match as a professional, but will be rewarded with a place in the top 25 when the new rankings are published on Monday.

He will face either defending champion Roger Federer or unseeded South Korean Chung Hyeon, who play on Friday.

Federer added, "At this point, I wrote Rafa late last night before I went to bed, it was the last thing I did".

The retirement of No.1 seed Rafael Nadal may have eased Marin Cilic's passage to the Australian Open semi-finals, but the Croatian is no less delighted with his form.

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His absence also means there's only one of last year's finalists remaining in the tournament. "The better you do the more attention you get".

"I'm extremely pleased with my own game", Cilic said. That's a very risky game but this court is very fast, for me it is now the fastest Grand Slam.

"It's an awesome feeling, very happy with these sort of things, you are so emotionally engaged that you don't really take it in, you don't really enjoy yourself", Edmund said. The rest, I don't know, I don't want to put too much pressure on him.

In the Open championship of Australia in the men's singles decided the eight contenders for the title.

"I think it's an interesting match for me", Federer said.

"Kyle has had wonderful run here ... has had a lot of tough matches, played great tennis", Cilic said.

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