Ruthless Cillic in Confident Mood Ahead of Australian Open Final
Marin Cillic was the first player to book himself into the Australian Open final and will be hoping to clinch just his second Grand Slam title. The 29-year-old Croatian has never reached this stage of the competition, having been eliminated in the 2nd and 3rd round of the tournament over the past couple of years. A semi-final defeat to Andy Murray in 2010 was the furthest he’d progressed in Melbourne prior to this year’s event.
He eased past Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund in the Semi-Finals, winning 6-2, 7-6, 6-2, which booked his place in the final two. Edmund had previously eliminated Grigor Dimitrov but wasn’t able to replicate that success against the powerful Croatian, who was mentally strong throughout. It was a nervy start, but Cillic began to find his stride and took advantage of a weary Edmund, who was struggling for fitness towards the end of the game.
Cillic had previously taken advantage of Rafa Nadal’s fitness woes, with the Spaniard sustaining an injury and retiring at two sets down in the quarter-finals. He is likely to face Swiss maestro Roger Federer in the final, a repeat of the 2017 Wimbledon final in which he was defeated 3-6, 1-6, 4-6 in West London. Federer is the 21/50 favourite with 888Sport to make it successive Australian Open titles, whereas Cillic can be backed at 18/5 for success.
Halep and Wozniacki Both Aiming for First Grand Slam Title
Simona Halep and Caroline Wozniacki are ranked 1st and 2nd in the WTA rankings despite the pair failing to win a Grand Slam title between them. Both will have the chance to put that right in Melbourne on January 27th when they meet in this year’s Australian Open final. Halep was unstoppable against Angelique Kerber, hitting 50 winners during her success over the out-of-sorts German, whilst Caroline Wozniacki eased past the tournament’s surprise package Elise Mertens.
The two players will have been popular in the ante-post betting ahead of this tournament and a number of the top bookmakers, as rated and reviewed by BettingTop10, have priced the Dane up as the outsider for this clash. Sportingbet are offering 6/5 on the second seed to outlast her opponent.