Marin Cilic ends Kyle Edmund dream in one-sided semi-final victory
Marin Cilic v Kyle Edmund 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2

Marin Cilic ends Kyle Edmund dream in one-sided semi-final victory

Marin Cilic powered his way into the Australian Open final with a 6-2 7-6 (7-4) 6-2 win over Great British hope Kyle Edmund on Rod Laver Arena.

Cilic had made an impressive start to the evening against Edmund by winning the first set 6-2 on Rod Laver Arena - and never looked back as he secured a meeting with Roger Federer or Chung Hyeon on Sunday.

The former US Open champion Cilic, 29, claimed the second set 7-6 (7-4) on the tiebreak before dominating the third set.

Edmund had never recovered from losing the first two sets to win a match as a professional, but will be rewarded with a place in the top 25 when the new rankings are published on Monday.

Cilic hit 32 winners compared to 25 from Edmund, whose only two break points came in the opening game of the match which he failed to convert.

"I noticed that just in the third game, the third set, when I broke him, he just let a couple of balls go past him," Cilic, racked in sweat, told Jim Courier in the on-court interview.

"(He) had an extremely tough run to the semis, had a couple of five-setters and a couple of four-setters as well. Definitely, it left some scars on his body."

The Croatian sixth seed Cilic broke in the sixth game of the opening set against the world number 49 before holding in the next game for a 5-2 advantage.

With Edmund faltering in his first Grand Slam semi-final, Cilic broke for a second time with a thumping forehand winner to move one set ahead after 36 minutes.

23-year-old Edmund immediately headed off the court for a medical time-out of three minutes against an opponent who was not entirely untroubled by a leg problem in the opening set.

An agitated Edmund hobbled through the latter part of the match before surrendering meekly after a massive serve from the rangy Cilic.

Despite forcing the second set to a tiebreak, he never looked likely to trouble Cilic over two hour and 18 minutes.

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