Australian Open 2019: Roberto Bautista Agut stuns 2018 finalist Marin Cilic to reach first Grand Slam quarter-final

Melbourne: Roberto Bautista Agut came through a third Australian Open five-setter on Sunday to knock out 2018 finalist and sixth seed Marin Cilic in the fourth round.

The in-form Spanish 22nd seed will play in his first Grand Slam quarter-final after winning 6-7 (6), 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4 in two minutes under four hours on Margaret Court Arena.

Australian Open 2019: Roberto Bautista Agut stuns 2018 finalist Marin Cilic to reach first Grand Slam quarter-final

Roberto Bautista Agut celebrates after defeating Marin Cilic in the fourth round of the Australian Open. AP/Andy Brownbill

Bautista Agut began his season by beating Novak Djokovic en route to the Doha title and now faces either defending champion Roger Federer or Stefanos Tsitsipas for a place in the semi-finals.

He began his Australian Open campaign with an epic five-set win over Andy Murray, in what could be the three-time Grand Slam winner's last match because of a chronic hip injury.

His second-round match against Australian John Millman also went the full distance before a straight-sets third-round win against 10th-seeded Russian Karen Khachanov.

On Sunday, he ended Croat Cilic's hopes of a repeat match-up against Federer in the quarter-finals after losing to the Swiss master in five sets in last year's final.

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Updated Date: Jan 20, 2019 17:27:01 IST

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