Australian Open: Match facts of men's final, Roger Federer vs Marin Cilic

Roger Federer and Marin Cilic Photograph:( WION Web Team )

AFP Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Jan 28, 2018, 07.19 AM (IST)

Australian Open men's final facts and figures ahead of Sunday's match (x denotes seeding):

Roger Federer (SUI x2) v Marin Cilic (CRO x6)

Head-to-head: Federer leads 8-1 (year, tournament, surface, round, winner, score):

2017  ATP Finals  Hard   RR   Federer   6-7 (5/7), 6-4, 6-1

2017  Wimbledon   Grass  F    Federer   6-3, 6-1, 6-4

2016  Wimbledon   Grass  QF   Federer   6-7 (4/7), 4-6, 6-3, 7-6 (11/9), 6-3

2014  US Open     Hard   SF   Cilic     6-3, 6-4, 6-4

2014  Toronto     Hard   R16  Federer   7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (3/7), 6-4 

2012  Shanghai    Hard   QF   Federer   6-3, 6-4 

2011  US Open     Hard   R32  Federer   6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-2 

2011  Monte Carlo Clay   R16  Federer   6-4, 6-3 

2008  Paris       Hard   R16  Federer   6-3, 6-4

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Fast facts

Federer: Age - 36; World ranking - 2; Prize money - $111,885,682; Career titles - 95; Grand Slam titles - 19; Australian Open best - Winner (2004, 2006, 2007, 2010, 2017)

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Federer is aiming to add to his five Australian Open titles and in the process win a record 20th Grand Slam. It will be his seventh decider at Melbourne Park, a feat no one else has achieved. The Swiss great began his year at the Hopman Cup and won all four of his singles matches, putting him on a 10-match unbeaten streak. He will be the third oldest man to contest the Melbourne Park final and has extended his record for most Grand Slam final appearances to 30. Rafael Nadal is next on 23.

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Fast facts

Cilic: Age - 29; World ranking - 6; Prize money - $20,944,791; Career titles - 17; Grand Slam titles - 1; Australian Open best - Final (2018)

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The towering Croat, one of the tallest men on tour at 6 feet 6 inches, won his first major title at the 2014 US Open, defeating Kei Nishikori in the final. He is at a career-high in the rankings and by beating Kyle Edmund in the semis will rise to number three in the world. Nicknamed "Chila", he made the final at Wimbledon last year, losing to Roger Federer, and won an event in Istanbul to go with five semi-final appearances. Warmed up for the Australian Open by making the semi-finals in Pune. Previous best at Melbourne Park was the last four in 2010.

Paths to the final

Roger Federer

1st rd: bt Aljaz Bedene (SLO) 6-3, 6-4, 6-3

2nd rd: bt Jan-Lennard Struff (GER) 6-4, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

3rd rd: bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x29) 6-2, 7-5, 6-4

4th rd: bt Marton Fucsovics (HUN) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3), 6-2  

Q-F: bt Tomas Berdych (CZE x19) 7-6 (7/1), 6-3, 6-4

S-F: bt Chung Hyeon (KOR) 6-1, 5-2 ret 

Marin Cilic

1st rd: bt Vasek Pospisil (CAN) 6-2, 6-2, 4-6, 7-6 (7/5)

2nd rd: bt Joao Sousa (POR) 6-1, 7-5, 6-2

3rd rd: bt Ryan Harrison (USA) 7-6 (7/4), 6-3, 7-6 (7/4)

4th rd: bt Pablo Carreno Busta (ESP x10) 6/7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/0), 6-3

Q-F: bt Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) 3-6, 6-3, 6-7 (5/7), 6-2, 2-0 ret 

S-F: bt Kyle Edmund (GBR) 6-2, 7-6 (7/4), 6-2