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Rafael Nadal - Marin Cilic
Australian Open men - 23 January 2018

Australian Open – Follow the Tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Marin Cilic live with Eurosport. The match starts at 16:00 on 23 January 2018. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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12:12 

That's all from us today from this match - thanks for joining us and we hope you're suitably excited by the semi-final line-up.

12:10 
12:08

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 2-6, 0-2 Cilic: The injury curse of the top four continues, and Rafa is out of the tournament. Props to Cilic who played a strong game. He will now face GB's Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals.

12:05

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 2-6, 0-2 Cilic: Oh no! It's all over for Rafa as he just can't hang on any longer. The world no.1 looked to be really struggling their, and he's withdrawn injured.

11:53

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 2-6 CIlic: Yikes, it's gone horribly wrong for the world no.1 and he does look a little troubled by whatever the cause of his medical timeout was. We're at 2-5 in the Croatian's favour and Rafa hits the ball wide to give Cilic the fourth set.

11:42 

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 2-4 Cilic: This is a worrying time for Nadal, Cilic initially goes 40-0 up before Rafa can get a break. He claws it back quickly, though, levelling with an audacious shot up at the net that makes it look so easy and comes back to hold.

 

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 1-4 Cilic: That's a little medical timeout for Rafa, as Cilic starts to get a real hold on this match. The timeout seems to be slightly controversial, but he's breaking no rules here.

11:30

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 1-3 Cilic: There's a fist pump from Cilic as he sends a forehand juuuuust wide of Nadal at the service line. He's broken - tremendous effort.

11:20 

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6, 1-1 Cilic: This is exceptionally tight. Cilic holds his first serve with no problem at all, and makes a strong challenge to break Nadal in the second game of the fourth set going 30-0 up at one point, with Rafa levelling after that pesky net gets in the way. Rafa holds.

11:14

Here's a look at how he did it...

11:11

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 7-6 Cilic: Rafa is PUMPED as he just edges the third set after a hard-fought tie-break 7-5 in his favour. Huge roar from the crowd.

10:59

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 6-5 Cilic: Flipping heck, it certainly looks like we might be in for a long morning/evening depending on your time zone. We are in a tie-break situation over in Melbourne.

10:42 

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 4-4 Cilic: To use words never used outside of sports journalism - have we got a "five-set-thriller" on our hands? Cilic lands another ace and holds.

10:41 

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 4-3 Cilic: Nadal defends two break points to hold but it's starting to look a bit more laboured.

10:30

A little look at how Cilic took the second set from our social media chums...

10:29 

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 3-3 Cilic: And Cilic holds... this could go either way. If Cilic were to win today, it would only be the second time he'd beaten Nadal in seven meetings.

 

Nadal 6-3, 3-6, 3-2 CIlic: Cilic is starting to look a little inconsistent, aces interspersed with double faults, Nadal holds to love.

09:58

Nadal 6-3, 3-6 Cilic: Unbelievable, from absolutely nowhere - or from nearly being somewhere, perhaps - Marin Cilic has completely turned this match on it's head. A comfortable hold by the Croatian and Nadal has taken his foot off the gas. Cilic breaks again and holds, signing off the set with an ace. Lovely stuff.

09:44

Nadal 6-3, 3-3 Cilic: Cilic has advantage and a real opportunity to stop the rot before it goes too far, but he nets the ball. He gets a second break point as Rafa hits it long, and that's it - he's done it and he's back in the game as the ball whistles past Rafa, just out of reach.

 

Nadal 6-3, 3-2 Cilic: Nadal has broken here in the second set in Melbourne and Cilic is NOT happy about it, as he gets called out for a time violation. Rafa is looking very good indeed here, and looking set to consolidate that lead.

09:27 

Nadal 6-3, 1-2 Cilic: An opportunity here for the Croatian to break, but Rafa is not going to give up without a fight.

09:10

Nadal 6-3 Cilic: Nadal is serving for the set but Cilic is not giving him an easy time of it - it's the third set point before Nadal seals the deal.

09:01

Nadal 5-3 Cilic: Whoomph there it is... And just like that, Nadal with the break.

 
08:57 

Nadal 4-3 CIlic: It's ok - Nadal has it covered. We're still on serve but these games are getting longer...

08:56 

Nadal 3-3 Cilic: Has Nadal's confidence been knocked a bit by the last epic game? Cilic seems to be troubling him now and there's a string of errors by the Spaniard. Cilic has advantage but Rafa closes it down with an ace and turns his frown upside down but there's a cheeky shot up at the net by the Croatian and we're back at deuce again.

08:49 

Nadal 3-3 Cilic: Frustrating for Nadal who again has the advantage and again hits the net and it's a third break point squandered on an error as the world no.1 goes long. It's FIVE break points before Cilic finishes the game.

 

Nadal 3-2 Cilic: Nadal's forehand down the line is a thing of beauty and he nabs the first point, but CIlic has a decent return until he misfires and lands wide. Nadal takes Cilic twice to a deuce, gaining advantage only to hit the net - but he's testing him now.

08:36 

Nadal 3-2 Cilic: Cilic is returning well, but he can't get the better of the world no.1 just yet. We're still waiting for the break...

08:31 

Nadal 2-2 Cilic: Cilic serves out the fifth game with an ace.

08:23 

Nadal 2-1 CIlic: Right back at the Spaniard from Cilic who holds to love, but manages to nab a point in the next game. Level-pegging here at the moment.

08:18 

Nadal 1-0 Cilic: And we're up Nadal serves first and that was no bother whatsoever - 40-0

08:04 

Here's a little reminder of how Kyle Edmund got there, while we wait for Rafa and Maran Cilic to warm up.

08:02 

And if you've just woken up, the rumours are indeed true - Great Britain's Kyle Edmund is through the semi-finals in Melbourne after beating third seed Grigor Dimitrov, so the winner of this match will play him.

08:00 

Good morning! And welcome to the live coverage of the Australian Open quarter finals. First up, Rafa Nadal versus Marin Cilic.