Can Marin Cillic Exact Revenge on Roger Federer in Melbourne?
Marin Cillic became the first player to book his place in the 2018 Australian Open final after successfully ousting Kyle Edmund from the tournament in straight sets. In doing so, he also became the first Croatian to reach the last two of the tournament and will be aiming to go one step further on January 28th.
The 29-year-old has just one previous Grand Slam title to his name and has gone three years without success, although he narrowly missed out at Wimbledon 2017. Roger Federer was the man who denied him the chance to wrap up a first ever title at SW19 last year and it is likely that the pair will cross swords once again in Melbourne. The pair have met nine times previously, with Federer dominating the head-to-head stats, winning on eight occasions. Cillic did beat the Swiss veteran at the US Open en-route to his 2014 success at the final Grand Slam of the season.
Rafa Nadal has already fallen at the hands of Marin Cillic, who will be feeling confident ahead of the final and has an extra day of rest to prepare for the showpiece event. A number of top online Irish bookmakers have been reviewed here, including Betway, who score highly and they offer a standout price of 13/5 on Cillic to clinch just his second Grand Slam title down under.
Simona Halep Looking to Overcome Grand Slam Nerves
The women’s final is set to be a mouth-watering battle between the top two ranked players in the game. Simona Halep, who will begin the game as world number one has never won a Grand Slam event but has previously suffered defeat in the final on two occasions. She has twice reached the final of the French Open but hasn’t managed to see it through and she’ll be hoping nerves don’t get the better of her in Melbourne. She beat Angelique Kerber in a thrilling contest which saw the Romanian hit 50 winners and she’ll be aiming for a similar performance against the in-form Caroline Wozniacki.