2018 AUSTRALIAN OPEN
DAY 11 MEN’S NOTES
Thursday 25 January
Semifinals Top Half
6 MARIN CILIC (CRO) v KYLE EDMUND (GBR)
Head-to-head: Cilic leads 1-0
2017 Shanghai-1000 Hard (O) R32 Cilic 63 76(5)
A 2nd meeting for the pair. Cilic won their only previous meeting in straight sets in the 2nd round at Shanghai-1000 last year.
The winner of today’s match will become only the 2nd player outside the ‘Big 4’ of Novak Djokovic, Roger Federer, Andy Murray and Rafael Nadal to reach the final here since Jo-Wilfried Tsonga finished runner-up in 2008. In that time, Stan Wawrinka, who won the title in 2014 on his only Australian Open final appearance to date, is the only player outside of the ‘Big 4’ to reach the final here. (NB Tomas Berdych or Hyeon Chung could also achieve the feat)
If Federer, the only member of the ‘Big 4’ still in contention here, falls prior to the final, it will be the first time that no members of the ‘Big 4’ have reached the final here since 2005, when Marat Safin defeated Lleyton Hewitt. (NB Written prior to the Federer v Berdych quarterfinal on Wednesday)
With Edmund and Chung both having reached the semifinals here unseeded, this is the first time that there are multiple unseeded players in the Australian Open men’s singles semifinals since 1999, when Thomas Enqvist, Tommy Haas and Nicolas Lapentti all reached the semifinals here unseeded.
This is the 3rd time that a Croatian player and a British player have contested a Grand Slam semifinal – after Goran Ivanisevic defeated Tim Henman at 2001 Wimbledon and Murray defeated Cilic here in 2010.
Cilic has not lost to a player ranked as low as No. 49 Edmund since he fell to Edmund’s countryman No. 51 Daniel Evans in the 2nd round here last year.
Possible final head-to-heads
NB Written prior to the Federer v Berdych quarterfinal on Wednesday
CILIC v EDMUND
29 Age 23
6’6’’/1.98m Height 6’2’’/1.88m
6 ATP Ranking 49
17 Titles 0
Won 2014 US Open Best Grand Slam Result Semifinals 2018 Australian Open
101-38 Career Grand Slam Record 16-12
25-9 Australian Open Record 6-3
442-233 Career Record 60-64
275-138 Career Record – Hard 44-38
7-1 2018 Record 7-1
7-1 2018 Record – Hard 7-1
27-12 Career Five-Set Record 3-3
5 Comebacks from 0-2 Down 0
165-143 Career Tiebreak Record 32-30
5-2 2018 Tiebreak Record 4-3
Road to the Semifinals
|d. (Q) Vasek Pospisil 62 62 46 76(5)||3:17||1st round||3:59||d. No. 11 Kevin Anderson 67(4) 63 36 63 64|
|d. Joao Sousa 61 75 62||1:45||2nd round||1:29||d. Denis Istomin 62 62 64|
|d. Ryan Harrison 76(4) 63 76(4)||2:29||3rd round||3:34||d. Nikoloz Basilashvili 76(0) 36 46 60 75|
|d. No. 10 Pablo Carreno Busta 67(2) 63 76(0) 76(3)
d. No. 1 Rafael Nadal 36 63 67(5) 62 2-0 ret. (right leg)
|Round of 16
|d. Andreas Seppi 67(4) 75 62 63
d. No. 3 Grigor Dimitrov 64 36 63 64
|total time on court||14:45||(SMT time)||14:48||total time on court|
- CILIC is bidding to become the first Croatian player – man or woman – to reach the Australian Open final.
- Cilic is bidding to reach his 3rd Grand Slam final and close the gap on Goran Ivanisevic on the list for most Grand Slam finals reached by a Croatian player.
Croatian players in Grand Slam finals (Open Era)
|Player||Grand Slam finals reached|
|Goran Ivanisevic||4 (1992, 1994, 1998, 2001 Wimbledon)|
|Marin Cilic||3?? (2014 US Open, 2017 Wimbledon, 2018 Australian Open??)|
|Zeljko Franulovic*||1 (1970 Roland Garros)|
|Iva Majoli||1 (1997 Roland Garros)|
|Niki Pilic*||1 (1973 Roland Garros)|
* Franulovic and Pilic are both Croatian-born but represented Yugoslavia throughout their careers
- If Cilic reaches his first Australian Open final on his 10th appearance here, he will equal Kim Warwick’s record for most attempts before reaching the final here in the Open Era.
Most attempts before reaching first Australian Open final (Open Era)
- Cilic is bidding to become the 5th No. 6 seed to reach the Australian Open final in the Open Era. The only other occasions where a No. 6 seed has reached the final here are in 1979 (where No. 6 John Sadri lost to No. 1 Guillermo Vilas), 1998 (where No. 6 Petr Korda defeated No. 9 Marcelo Rios), 2001 (where 6 Andre Agassi defeated No. 15 Arnaud Clement) and 2015 (where No. 6 Andy Murray lost to No. 1 Novak Djokovic).
- By reaching his 5th Grand Slam semifinal, Cilic has closed the gap on Ivanisevic (7) on the list for most Grand Slam semifinal appearances by a Croatian player – man or woman. Cilic also progressed to the last 4 at the 2010 Australian Open (l. Murray) at the US Open in both 2014, when he went on to defeat Kei Nishikori to win the title, and 2015 (l. Djokovic), and at 2017 Wimbledon, where he reached the final but fell to Roger Federer.
- By reaching his 2nd semifinal here, Cilic has also become the first Croatian player – man or woman – to reach multiple semifinals at 2 different Grand Slam events.
- By reaching his 2nd semifinal here 8 years after his first appearance in the last 4, Cilic is joint-2nd on the list for the longest wait between first and 2nd Australian Open semifinal appearances by a man in the Open Era, alongside Thomas Muster, who reached the semifinals here in 1989 and 1997. Wayne Ferreira, who reached his first semifinal here in 1992 and his 2nd semifinal here in 2003, holds the record for the longest gap between first and 2nd appearances in the last 4 here in the Open Era.
- By defeating No. 10 seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the round of 16 here, Cilic recorded his 100th Grand Slam match-win. The Australian Open is Cilic’s 3rd-most successful Grand Slam event in terms of matches won.
|Grand Slam||Titles won||Win-loss record||Finals reached|
- If he wins today, Cilic will rise to a new career-high ranking of No. 3 when the new rankings are released on Monday 29 January.
- By defeating Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals, Cilic has recorded his 2nd victory against a world No. 1. His only previous victory against a world No. 1 came against Djokovic in the quarterfinals at 2016 Paris-1000. The highest-ranked player he had previously defeated at a Grand Slam was No. 2 Murray in the round of 16 at the 2009 US Open.
- By defeating Nadal in the last 8, Cilic also ended a 6-match losing streak against Top 5 opposition at Tour-level. He had not defeated a Top 5 player since defeating No. 5 Nishikori in the round-robin stage at the 2016 ATP World Tour Finals.
- Cilic won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Nishikori in the final. He was the first Croatian to win a Grand Slam title since Ivanisevic at 2001 Wimbledon.
- Last year here Cilic reached the 2nd round (d. Jerzy Janowicz, l. Daniel Evans). This is his 41st Grand Slam appearance overall.
- Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2017, Cilic reached his 2nd Grand Slam final at Wimbledon, falling to Federer in straight sets. By reaching the final at Wimbledon, he became just the 2nd Croatian player – man or woman – to reach multiple Grand Slam finals after Ivanisevic (4). He also reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros (l. Stan Wawrinka), but fell in the 3rd round at the US Open (l. Diego Schwartzman).
- Also in 2017 Cilic won his 17th Tour-level title at Istanbul (d. Milos Raonic) to maintain his record of having won at least one Tour-level title every year since 2008. He reached the final at Queen’s (l. Feliciano Lopez) and also reached the semifinals at 4 hard court events – at Acapulco (l. Nadal), Tokyo, (l. Adrian Mannarino), Shanghai-1000 (l. Nadal) and Basel (l. Juan Martin del Potro) – and on grass at ’s-Hertogenbosch (l. Mannarino).
- Cilic warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the semifinals at Pune, where he fell to eventual champion Gilles Simon. He also played a match at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event, losing to Matthew Ebden in 3 sets.
- Cilic has a 7-2 win-loss record in 5-set matches at the Australian Open – he won 3 five-set matches during his run to the semifinals here in 2010. He has a 27-12 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
- Cilic reached the quarterfinals of the boys’ singles at the 2005 Australian Open (l. Donald Young). He finished the year at 2 in the ITF Junior Rankings behind Young after winning Junior Roland Garros (d. Antal van der Duim) and reaching the quarterfinals at Wimbledon and the US Open.
- Cilic has played Davis Cup for Croatia since 2006. He won all 3 rubbers he contested in Croatia’s World Group play-off win against Colombia in September 2017. By winning his 2nd singles rubber he claimed the record for most Davis Cup singles match-wins by a Croatian player, overtaking Ivan Ljubicic. Croatia plays Canada in the World Group first round in Osijek on 2-4 February.
- Cilic is coached by Ivan Cinkus. He split with Jonas Bjorkman at the end of the 2017 season.
- EDMUND is bidding to reach his first Grand Slam final and become just the 4th British man in the Open Era to reach the final at a major – after Andy Murray (11 Grand Slam finals), John Lloyd (1) and Greg Rusedski (1).
- Edmund is bidding to become the 3rd British man in the Open Era – and the 8th in history – to reach the final here.
British men in Australian finals (all-time)
|Alfred Beamish||1912||l. James Cecil Parke* 36 63 16 61 75|
|Gordon Lowe||1915||d. Horace Rice 46 61 61 64|
|Algernon Kingscote||1919||d. Eric Pockley 64 60 63|
|John Colin Gregory||1929||d. Richard Schlesinger 62 62 57 75|
|d. Jack Crawford 63 75 61
l. Jack Crawford 26 64 64 64
|John Lloyd||1977 (Dec)||l. Vitas Gerulaitis 63 76 57 36 62|
|l. Roger Federer 63 64 76(11)
l. Novak Djokovic 64 62 63
l. Novak Djokovic 67(2) 76(3) 63 62
l. Novak Djokovic 76(5) 67(4) 63 60
l. Novak Djokovic 61 75 76(3)
|Kyle Edmund??||2018??||v Federer/Berdych/Chung??|
*NB Parke represented British Isles, but was born in Ireland and represented Ireland in rugby union
- Ranked No. 49, Edmund is bidding to become the lowest-ranked player to reach a men’s singles Grand Slam final since No. 54 Marcos Baghdatis finished runner-up at the 2006 Australian Open. (NB If No. 58 Hyeon Chung reaches the final, Chung will be the lowest-ranked player to reach a men’s singles Grand Slam final since No. 86 Marat Safin finished runner-up at the 2004 Australian Open)
- If Edmund reaches the final here, he will be the first player to reach a Grand Slam final unseeded since Jo-Wilfried Tsonga reached the 2008 Australian Open final unseeded. (NB Chung, also unseeded, could also achieve the feat here if he wins his semifinal)
- If both Edmund and Chung reach the final here, it will be the first time in the Open Era that the Australian Open men’s singles final has been contested by 2 unseeded players – and the 2nd time in the Open Era that a Grand Slam final has been contested by 2 unseeded players after 1996 Wimbledon, when Richard Krajicek defeated MaliVai Washington.
- At 23 years 20 days, Edmund is bidding to become the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Murray (22 years 261 days) finished runner-up here in 2010. (NB At 21 years 254 days, Chung could become the youngest man to reach a Grand Slam final since Juan Martin del Potro (20 years 355 days) won the title at the 2009 US Open)
- By reaching the semifinals here, Edmund has become the first British man, other than Murray, to reach the Australian Open semifinals since Lloyd in December 1977. Just 3 other British men have reached the Australian Open semifinals in the Open Era – Murray (2010-13 and 2015-16), Lloyd and Roger Taylor (1970).
- By reaching the semifinals here, Edmund has also become the 6th British man to reach the last 4 at a major in the Open Era – after Murray (21 Grand Slam semifinal appearances), Tim Henman (6), Taylor (3), Lloyd (1) and Rusedski (1).
- By reaching the semifinals here for the first time, Edmund has recorded his best Grand Slam result. His previous best performance at a major was reaching the round of 16 at the 2016 US Open, where he defeated 2 seeded players before falling to Novak Djokovic in straight sets.
- If he wins today, Edmund could break the Top 20 for the first time when the new rankings are released on Monday 29 January. By reaching the semifinals, he is projected to rise to around No. 25 – 15 places above his previous career-high ranking of No. 40, which he achieved in October 2016.
- If he wins today, Edmund will become British No. 1 ahead of Murray. It would be the first time someone other than Murray has held the British No. 1 ranking since February 2006, when Murray took the British 1 ranking from Henman.
- By defeating Kevin Anderson in 5 sets in the 1st round and Nikoloz Basilashvili in 5 sets in the 3rd round here, Edmund has recorded 2 five-set victories at the same event for the first time. His victory over Anderson in the 1st round ended a 3-match losing streak in 5-set matches. He has a 3-3 win-loss record in 5-set matches overall.
- Edmund is bidding to record 6 straight Tour-level match-wins for the first time in his career. By winning 5 matches to reach the semifinals here, he has recorded his longest Tour-level winning streak. His previous longest winning streak at Tour-level came when he recorded 4 consecutive match-wins in a semifinal finish at 2017 Winston-Salem.
- Edmund is bidding to defeat 3 seeded players at a Grand Slam for the first time. By defeating No. 11 seed Anderson and No. 3 seed Grigor Dimitrov here, he has defeated 2 seeded players at a Grand Slam for the 2nd time in his career – having defeated No. 13 seed Richard Gasquet and No. 20 seed John Isner at the 2016 US Open. He has a 5-6 win-loss record against seeded opposition at the majors overall.
- Edmund is bidding to defeat a Top 10 player for the 2nd time, having achieved the feat for the first time by defeating No. 3 Dimitrov in the quarterfinals. He has a 1-14 win-loss record against Top 10 opposition overall.
- Edmund’s quarterfinal win against No. 3 Dimitrov and 1st round win against No. 12 Anderson are his career-best victories. Prior to this event, the highest-ranked players he had previously defeated were 15 Gasquet at the 2016 US Open, No. 15 David Ferrer at 2016 Antwerp and No. 15 Lucas Pouille at 2017 Brisbane.
- Last year here, Edmund reached the 2nd round (d. Santiago Giraldo, l. Pablo Carreno Busta). This is his 4th Australian Open appearance and his 14th Grand Slam overall.
- Elsewhere in Grand Slam play in 2017 Edmund reached the 3rd round at Roland Garros (l. Anderson) and the US Open, where he retired with a neck injury while trailing Denis Shapovalov 36 63 63 1-0. He also reached the 2nd round at Wimbledon (l. Gael Monfils).
- Edmund’s highlights in 2017 were reaching the semifinals at 3 events – at Atlanta (l. Ryan Harrison), as a qualifier at Winston-Salem (l. Damir Dzumhur) and at Vienna (l. Pouille).
- Edmund warmed up for the Australian Open by reaching the quarterfinals at Brisbane. He defeated Shapovalov and Chung before falling to today’s opponent in 3 sets. He withdrew from Auckland due to a right ankle strain.
- Edmund was a successful junior, reaching a career-high ranking of No. 8 in January 2012. He reached the quarterfinals at the 2012 Junior Australian Open, losing to eventual champion Luke Saville. He also won the boys’ doubles titles at the 2012 Junior US Open and 2013 Junior Roland Garros with Frederico Ferreira Silva.
- Edmund was also a member of the British Junior Davis Cup team, captained by Rusedski, which won the title in San Luis Potosi, Mexico in 2011.
- In 2015 Edmund became the 7th player to make their Davis Cup debut in the Final. He fell to David Goffin in the first rubber, but Great Britain won the title for the first time since 1936. He has a 3-5 win-loss record in the competition. Great Britain plays Spain in the World Group first round in Marbella on 2-4 February.
- Edmund is coached by Frederik Rosengren and Mark Hilton.
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