Rafael Nadal
6 3 7 2 0 (Retired)

Marin Cilic
3 6 6 6 2

Tennis

ByTheMinTennis

Hello and welcome one and all! I am Ewan and welcome to day 9 of The Australian Open Tennis! A.K.A The First Quarter Finals! and what matches they have been so far! If you haven't done so, please read Sam's amazing coverage of Dimitrov v Edmund RIGHT NOW! Because I'm about to talk about it and you do not want to be spoiled on this match! https://www.bytheminute.co/events/6868

So, the winner of this match will face hero Brit Kyle Edmund in the Semi Finals! What a match that was, winning in 4 sets! Edmund has done the impossible, he has beaten the world number 3 to go to a place where only the Top 4 are meant to go. With Murray still out from Injury, he will soon be number 1 Brit, this shows he deserves the position even more.

But with that, it shows you must always stay on guard for upsets, so can Seed Number 6 Marin Cilic beat World Number 1 Rafael Nadal? I think it's certainly possible, however it's down to the current state of both players.

Marin has only beaten Nadal once, and that was 9 years ago in straight sets while Nadal has beaten him 5 times as lately as Shanghai. So odds are certainly favouriting the World Number One, however Cilic is never to be underestimated. Also, if your a mad Brit fan, you'll want a long 5 set match to try and help Kyle.

As some people in the BTM office have asked, here is your 4 step instructions on how to jinx Nadal so help Cilic win so Kyle gets an easier Semi.

Step 1: Do a rain dance, step 2 light some candles, step 3 sacrifice a goat, step 4 watch your jinx fail

So who will it be everyone? Marin or Rafael? I'd have to go with Rafa in 4 sets

The Players are coming onto Court in the Rod Laver Arena, here comes Marin followed by Rafa! Here comes the deafening Screams from the crowd!

As the Warmup is underway, the tension builds, will this be where the Rafa roll ends or will it be Edmund v The World Number 1 in the Semis

It's time! Australian Open 2018 Quarter-Final Two! Rafael Nadal v Marin Cilic! PLAY!