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Australian Open 2018, Day 9: Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic, Live Updates

By Sportskeeda Desk | Last ModifiedJan 23, 2018 12:10 GMT

Cilic def Nadal (ret) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0 to enter SFs

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12:10 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

And that wraps up our live coverage of Day 9 of the 2018 Australian Open.

Thanks for staying with us.

Do join us tomorrow for the live updates from Day 10 of the season's opening Major.

Goodbye!

12:08 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Final score: Cilic def Nadal (ret) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0

12:07 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Cilic deserves his place in the semi-finals.

12:06 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

But all credit to Cilic. He was the more aggressive player and hit fearlessly.

12:04 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Rafa's physical woes continue. He could hardly run from the start of the 4th set. He could hardly push himself on serve.

12:03 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Cilic was up 2-0 in the fifth set

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Rafa retires!

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BREAK

This time Cilic breaks!

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Another break point here

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Rafa saved that.

Clearly not pushing much on the right leg

12:00 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Rafa saved three break points on his serve and faces yet another.

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Cilic begins the decider with a 1-0 lead

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And we are going the distance!


Rafa asked for the physio again.

11:52 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

SET

No, Rafa can't hold. Cilic breaks and takes the fourth set 6-2

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Can Rafa hold and stretch this set?

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And Cilic holds to lead 5-2

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And pretty much pumped up as well.

40-30 on serve

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Cilic is coming up with serve and a first strike.

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Rafa HOLDS!

2-4

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And Rafa saves 3 bps!

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Cilic squanders 2 bps

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0-40


Three break points

11:39 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

The thigh strain must be bothering him.

11:39 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Rafa is not at all trying.

0-30

11:38 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Nadal is back to serving, but evidently not running much

11:36 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Nadal is being treated on the right thigh

11:32 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

And Cilic holds!

4-1

11:31 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Extraordinary volley from Cilic!

30-15

11:29 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

BREAK

And Cilic's persistence pays off!

3-1

11:28 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Cilic moved Rafa to every corner of the court and forced him into errors.


Break point

11:26 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Big hold for Cilic after his service game went to deuce.

2-1 to Cilic

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Rafa went down 0-30 but managed to hold after errors from the Croat.

1-1

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Cilic starts Set 4 with an easy service game

1-0

11:10 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Rafa is up 2 sets to one!

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7-6(5) it was

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ROAR from Rafa!


He comes up with a volley and a smash!

Set 3 to Rafa

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Set point to Rafa

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Cilic misses the forehand as he presses it too much in a rush

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Rafa couldn't pick up a volley.

5-5

11:06 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Rafa held barely as Cilic hits the tape!

5-4

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Big forehand return from Cilic

4-4

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Big backhand return from Rafa

He is up 4-3

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Now Cilic overhits.

3-3

11:01 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Another backhand and it is 3-2 to Cilic

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Cilic gets the minibreak back with a backhand crosscourt winner.

2-2

11:00 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Cilic messes up a volley


Rafa up 2-0

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And we have a tiebreak here as Cilic holds.

10:57 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Rafa holds and he has a 6-5 advantage

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Excellent volley from the sixth seed!

Cilic is just breathing fire!

5-5

10:51 (GMT)23 JAN 2018

Rafa earned himself a set point after Cilic hit a backhand long.

But the Croat comes up with some great hitting to save it
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