MELBOURNE, 26 Janaury 2020 – Croatia’s last hope in the singles draw at the Australian Open, Marin Cilic, has been knocked out in the last 16 by Canada’s Milos Raonic.
After beating world no. 9 Robert Bautista-Agut in a five-set thriller two days ago, Cilic was unable to muster any resistance against the tournament’s 32-seed and went down in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 7-5.
The 29-year-old hit 35 aces and won all of his service games in what was a comfortable two-hour, 19-minute victory.
Raonic, who beat world no. 6 Stefan Tsitsipas to reach the last 16, will go on to meet Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.
“It feels pretty damn good, I’ve got to say. I can’t complain about it and I’m just happy with how things are going. I’m happy I have another chance to play in two days here and it’s been an exciting tournament for me so far, but hopefully there are more exciting things ahead,” Raonic said on court after the victory.
The win means Raonic and Cilic are now 2-2 in head-to-head matches.