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Australian Open finalists ready for battle

January 25, 2018 4:02 pm

Croatia’s sixth seed Marin Cilic defeated England’s Kyle Edmund with a straight-set in the semi-finals of the Australian Open.

Cilic won 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 to reach his first Melbourne final, where he will face defending champion Roger Federer or Hyeon Chung.

Cilic says if he looks forward to face Roger in the final on Sunday.

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“Roger, is a tough opponent and playing against him in the final will mean extra focus and sticking with my game plan.”

Meanwhile, in the women’s category world number one Simona Halep saw off 2016 champion Angelique Kerber in a thrilling contest to reach her first Australian Open final.

The Romanian, twice a French Open runner-up, saved two match points on her way to a 6-3 4-6 9-7 victory.

In another semifinal Denmark’s Caroline Wozniacki overcame a late bout of nerves to beat unseeded Belgian Elise Mertens and reach her first Australian Open final.

The 27-year-old, seeded second, saw off the world number 37, 6-3 7-6 (7-2) in Melbourne.

Wozniacki is through to her third major final, and will face top seed Simona Halep.

The winner of the women’s final will be world number one next week.

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