Australian Open: Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic, some match facts

Rafael Nadal vs Marin Cilic. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team Melbourne, Victoria, Australia Jan 23, 2018, 08.37 AM (IST)

Rafael Nadal (ESP x1) v Marin Cilic (CRO x6)

World number 1 Nadal, arrived in Australia with a lot of question marks over the state of his knees.

He was forced to withdraw mid-tournament from the ATP Finals in November.

But his current performance has no hint of injuries and discomforts.

On Tuesday, he will face sixth-seeded Marin Cilic to move one step towards the first grand slam of the year.

Although Cilic, last year's Wimbledon finalist, who also pursue the same dream, is not going to be an easy opponent.

Here are some facts related to the match.

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 5-1

Fast facts

Rafael Nadal: Age - 31; World ranking - 1; Prize money - $94,588,627; Career titles - 75; Grand Slam titles - 16; Australian Open best - Winner (2009)

Marin Cilic: Age - 29; World ranking - 6; Prize money - $20,944,791; Career titles - 17; Grand Slam titles - 1; Australian Open best - Semi-finals (2010)

Path to the quarter-final

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Nadal

1st rd: bt Victor Estrella Burgos (DOM) 6-1, 6-1, 6-1

2nd rd: bt Leonardo Mayer (ARG) 6-3, 6-4, 7-6 (7/4)

3rd rd: bt Damir Dzumhur (BIH x28) 6-1, 6-3, 6-1

4th rd: bt Diego Schwartzman (ARG x24) 6-3, 6-7 (4/7), 6-3, 6-3

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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 (URU x10) 6/7 (2/7), 6-3, 7-6 (7/0), 6-3