Australian Open: Halep beats Kerber to meet Wozniacki in finals

Edmund was furious that a call of out had been made- wrongly- as he returned a Cilic serve

Cilic was leading 3-6, 6-3, 6-7, 6-2, 2-0 when Nadal abruptly shook the umpire's hand and quit.

Chung, who had never before gone past the third round at a Grand Slam, is seeking a spot in his first career final at the tour-level, a feat last accomplished at a Slam by Jo-Wilfried Tsonga at the 2008 Australian Open.

Cilic was able to close the match out in straight sets, finishing with some strong serving to help propel him into the final of the Australian Open.

Croatia's Cilic will now face British number two Kyle Edmund in the semi-finals following his 3-6 6-3 6-7 (5-7) 6-2 2-0 victory.

All looked rosy for Nadal when he broke to lead 3-2 in the second set but there the matched changed. "Today was a different intensity than in the match with Rafa [Nadal in the quarter-final], in that match I lifted my game a lot and my energy was really good on court", Cilic said in his on-court interview.

There didn't appear any obvious injury to Edmund during the first set and when he returned to the court for the second, he appeared fine and started utilising his backhand to notable effect.

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The Croatian showed good form in both matches, relying on his huge serve in the important moments, and admitted he was pleased with the serve but it was tricky to find his rhythm agains Edmund.

Should Federer win the Australian Open it would be the first time winning back-to-back titles in Melbourne since 2007.

"He had an extremely tough run to the semis, a couple of five-setters and a couple of four-setters as well. I played against her a lot of times, and it was always tough and close", she said.

Mischa Zverev yesterday became the first player to be heavily fined for retiring from his first-round match under new rules aimed at limiting early injury withdrawals.

World No1 Simona Halep will play Caroline Wozniacki in the women's singles final on Saturday after the Romanian overcame Germany's Angelique Kerber in a thriller. It also marked his first victory against a top-five ranked player. Against Hyeon, who is 58th in the ATP rankings, Čilić has celebrated a win all three times they've met.


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