Cilic relishing Edmund test

23 January 2018 07:55:59 EST

Marin Cilic is looking forward to playing against Kyle Edmund in the Australian Open semi-finals after getting the better of world number one Rafael Nadal.

The Croatian, who reached the final of Wimbledon last year before being beaten by Roger Federer, 2/9 to win the Australian Open outright, was leading Nadal 3-6 6-3 6-7 6-2 2-0 when the Spaniard was forced to retire.

Nadal, who will still be the number one in the world after the tournament, was in obvious discomfort as he left the court.

The sixth-seeded Cilic, who is 1/3 to beat Edmund in Thursday's semi-final, said: "Kyle has had an amazing run and a great match today. I have to keep going with my own game though.

"Kyle is also a big hitter so I have to take things into my own hands and deal with my own court in the best way possible.

"It was an unbelievable performance from both of us and it's really unfortunate for Rafa. He always gives his best and it's unfortunate for him to end this way."

Edmund beat the number three seed Grigor Dimitrov 6-3 3-6 6-3 6-3 earlier on Tuesday and is 7/1 to defeat Cilic in four sets.

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