Australian Open 2018: How did Roger Federer defeat Marin Cilic? A set-by-set breakdown
The Australian Open final promised to be a thriller and it did not disappoint. In the end, Roger Federer beat Marin Cilic in 5-sets 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 to win the title for the sixth time in his career.
The ageless Swiss had not lost a set in the tournament until the finals. And after the first set, it looked like Federer would continue the pattern.
But Cilic had other ideas. The World No. 6 was the first Croatian to reach the Australian Open Finals and at one time seemed set to spoil Federer's amazing march to Slam No. 20. Let's see how the match unfolded set by set.