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Points won by each set: [ 26-13, 46-47, 27-20, 24-32, 29-16 ]
Points won directly behind the serve:
46 % Federer – 65 of 139
34 % Cilic – 49 of 141

In the 2nd set the 36-year-old Federer (the oldest champion since Ken Rosewall, 37 y.o. in 1972) squandered break points in Cilic’s three different service games. In the 4th set the Swiss [2] had a break point at 2:0 – Cilic erased with a forehand winner. The Croat [6] opened the decider with two break points, but lost them quickly. In terms of the progress very similar match to Aus Open ’88 semifinal.

Federer’s route to his 96th title (20th Slam):
1 Aljaz Bedene 6-3, 6-4, 6-3
2 Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 6-4, 7-6(4)
3 Richard Gasquet 6-2, 7-5, 6-4
4 Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-6(3), 6-3
Q Tomas Berdych 7-6(1), 6-3, 6-4
S Hyeon Chung 6-1, 5-2 ret.
W Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-7(5), 6-3, 3-6, 6-1

# Comparison of their two five-setters:
2016 Wimbledon (QF): Federer d. Cilic 6-7, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6, 6-3… 3 hours 17 minutes… Total points: 170-162
2018 Aussie Open (F): Federer d. Cilic 6-2, 6-7, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1… 3 hours 3 minutes… Total points: 152-128

# Five-Setters among current players after Aussie Open ’18:
[.772] Robredo 17-5 | [.756] Djokovic 28-9 | [.727] Nishikori 16-6 | [.724] Berdych 21-8
[.676] Murray 23-11 | [.675] Cilic 27-13 | [.633] Nadal 19-11 | [.600] Federer 30-20

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