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

Cilic def Nadal (ret) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0 to enter SFs
Updated: 23 January 2018 17:40 IST - Published: 23 January 2018 12:22 IST
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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!
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Final score: Cilic def Nadal (ret) - 3-6, 6-3, 6-7(5), 6-2, 2-0
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Cilic deserves his place in the semi-finals.
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But all credit to Cilic. He was the more aggressive player and hit fearlessly.
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Rafa's physical woes continue. He could hardly run from the start of the 4th set. He could hardly push himself on serve.
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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
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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.
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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
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The thigh strain must be bothering him.
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Rafa is not at all trying.

0-30
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Nadal is back to serving, but evidently not running much
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Nadal is being treated on the right thigh
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And Cilic holds!

4-1
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Extraordinary volley from Cilic!

30-15
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BREAK

And Cilic's persistence pays off!

3-1
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Cilic moved Rafa to every corner of the court and forced him into errors.


Break point
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Cilic messes up a volley


Rafa up 2-0
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And we have a tiebreak here as Cilic holds.
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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
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Rafa earned himself a set point after Cilic hit a backhand long.

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