ao18cilic_edmund

Points won by each set: [ 31-20, 40-37, 37-25 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
42 % Cilic – 38 of 89
27 % Edmund – 28 of 101

Edmund [49] was expected to lose in the first round (he faced a US Open ’17 runner-up, Kevin Anderson), but prevailed in five sets, and advanced to the semifinals, so he did much more than anyone could expect from him. His match against Cilic [6] was ugly because the Brit reached his physical limitations having played more competitive tennis than ever before while Cilic enjoyed on that day exceptionally good service performance; perhaps if he hadn’t been serving so well, the match could have been finished quicker, 6-2 6-3 6-2 let’s say. The Croat had some problems only in two out of 14 service games, 15/40 in the opener and 0/30 (second serve) at 4-all in the mid-set – that set was longer than the number of points played could suggest because after the 1st set Edmund took a medical time-out which lasted eight minutes in total… Thanks to that success in Melbourne, one month later Edmund becomes the best British player which was something unimaginable last year at the same time of the year (Indian Wells ’17: Murray No. 1, Edmund No. 46; Indian Wells ’18: Edmund No. 24, Murray No. 29)

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