Australian Open 2018, quarter-finals, highlights: Marin Cilic beats Rafael Nadal; Caroline Wozniacki wins in three sets

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Nikhila Makker January 23, 2018 16:30:38 IST
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Australian Open 2018, quarter-finals, highlights: Marin Cilic beats Rafael Nadal; Caroline Wozniacki wins in three sets

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Jan 23, 2018 - 20:22 (IST)

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Jan 23, 2018 - 20:19 (IST)

All the results from Day 9:

Men's singles quarter-finals

Marin Cilic (CRO x6) bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5), 6-2, 2-0 ret

Kyle Edmund (GBR) bt Grigor Dimitrov (BUL x3) 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-4

Women's singles quarter-finals

Elise Mertens (BEL) bt Elina Svitolina (UKR x4) 6-4, 6-0

Caroline Wozniacki (DEN x2) bt Carla Suarez Navarro (ESP) 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2

Jan 23, 2018 - 20:18 (IST)

Caroline Wozniacki is through!

Second seed Caroline Wozniacki withstood a fightback from Spain's unseeded Carla Suarez Navarro to stutter into the semi-finals of the Australian Open 6-0, 6-7 (3), 6-2  early Wednesday morning.

The Dane, who has never won a Grand Slam title, will face another unseeded player, Elise Mertens of Belgium, on Thursday for a place in the final.

Jan 23, 2018 - 20:14 (IST)

Take a look at the final stats from the Wozniacki-Suarez Navarro match:

Jan 23, 2018 - 20:09 (IST)

Caroline Wozniacki is through to the semi-finals for the first time since 2011 with a 6-0, 6-7(3), 6-2 victory over Carla Suarez Navarro.

The second seed will face Elise Mertens in the last-four. 

Jan 23, 2018 - 20:04 (IST)

Wozniacki breaks again! 

The second seed jumps ahead to 5-2 and will now serve for a place in the semi-finals. 

Jan 23, 2018 - 20:01 (IST)

Wozniacki consolidates her break for a 4-2 lead.

Gutsy hold from the Dane and now she just needs two more games for victory. 

Jan 23, 2018 - 19:55 (IST)

Suarez Navarro wrestles out a tough hold to stay in touch at 2-3.

She trails by one break in the deciding set. 

Jan 23, 2018 - 19:50 (IST)

Wozniacki gets the break in the 3rd set!

She breaks for 2-1 and then consolidates with a love-hold. 

Wozniacki is three games away from a place in the semi-finals. 

Jan 23, 2018 - 19:42 (IST)

Take a look at the stats from the second set.

Rafael Nadal knows his path to a 17th grand slam title will only get tougher after a relatively routine run of opponents since his French Open triumph last June when he lines up against Marin Cilic in Tuesday’s Australian Open quarter-final.

The 31-year-old Spaniard dropped his first set of the tournament on Sunday before prevailing in a slugfest against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman, the first true test of Nadal’s famed grit after three straightforward wins in Melbourne.

The victory set up a quarter-final clash with world number six and former US Open champion Cilic, Nadal’s first top-10 opponent in his last 16 grand slam matches.

“All the matches are tough, and if you are in the quarter-finals of a grand slam, you can’t expect an easy match,” Nadal said after suppressing Schwartzman in seven minutes under four hours.

“Against Marin will be a tough one, but at the same time, is a beautiful match to play against a great player. We know each other. We played a couple of times already.”

Nadal will take heart from his 5-1 head-to-head record against the Croatian 29-year-old, who won their first meeting in 2009 but has since struggled against the powerful left-hander.

Cilic, however, would like to believe he is better equipped to take on top players like Nadal following his 2014 US Open triumph and run to last year’s Wimbledon final.

”Throughout my career, I knew that if I‘m playing well, if I‘m top of my game, that I can challenge most of the guys on the tour,“ he said. ”With the win at the S. Open that, you know, I believe it just became stronger.

“I believe in my own game, I believe in what I‘m doing. I think I‘m moving the right direction. You know, it’s obviously a big challenge playing them, but that’s what we also work for on the training.”

Third seed Grigor Dimitrov, survivor of a fourth-round thriller against home favourite Nick Kyrgios, will also be in action against the sole surviving Briton, Kyle Edmund.

First up, on Rod Laver Arena, women’s fourth seed Elina Svitolina of Ukraine will seek to maintain her season-opening winning streak against Elise Mertens in the Belgian’s first grand slam quarter-final appearance.

The second-seeded Caroline Wozniacki, who could return to the No 1 ranking with a win here, plays Carla Suarez Navarro later in the evening.

With inputs from agencies

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