Roger Federer will be out for his 20th grand slam title when he meets No.6 seed and former US Open winner Marin Cilic this Sunday night in the Australian Open Final. The Swiss reaches this point of the tournament without dropping a set and allowing his opponents to win a total of just 53 games (across six matches). Furthermore, Federer has lost just one of his last 20 matches and should be well rested for the final given the ease of his semifinal (Hyeon Chung retired with the score in Federer’s favour at 6-1,5-2). Equally, Marin Cilic will have had almost three days to prepare for this encounter and it would be amiss to ignore the claims of the big serving Croatian. Playing in his fourth grand slam final - he’s lost two, won one – Cilic is no stranger to the big stage and shouldn’t be overawed by the occasion. The 29-year old also enters this with a win over Rafael Nadal (quarter final). Although the Spainard retired in the 5th set due to injury, the match demonstrated that Cilic has the game to beat anyone on his day.
- Federer won the only meeting between the pair in the final of a major (Wimbledon, 2017).
- The pair have meet in grand slam events on four occasions with Federer the victor in three.
- Federer has beaten Cilic in straight sets on five occasions, including each of the past two matches.
- Cilic has registered 15+ aces in all but one of his matches this tournament.
- There has been a tiebreak in but one of Marin Cilic’s matches this tournament.
Our tip: Federer to win in four with the match to feature a tiebreak.