By Ros Satar, in Melbourne

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – It has been a long 14 days, but finally we close out the Australian Open with the Men’s final – but what do the numbers say about Roger Federer and Marin Cilic?

 

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Head to Head

Roger Federer Marin Cilic
8 1

 

It says a lot that their only meetings have either been at the Masters events, Slams or their most recent at the Nitto ATP World Tour Finals – so all big occasion matches.

It is also worth noting that despite the obvious lead in the head to head, Cilic’s only win came at a Slam – on his way to winning his maiden major title.

Advantage: Federer

 

Titles History

  Federer Cilic
Titles (2018) 95 (0) 17 (0)
Slams 19 1

 

Federer’s record speaks for itself but we have seen in the past the the pressure to chase records, or achievements can do funny things. For Cilic there is no new experience about having the skills to reach and then win a Grand Slam final – he as done that already, beating Federer in the process.

Advantage: Federer

 

Year to Date/Career W/L Record

  Federer Cilic
All surfaces W/L 6-0 / 1138-250 8-1 / 443-233
Hard-court 6-0 / 710-139 8-1 / 276-138

 

The old man has been around the block a while, but Cilic is just a little more match-hardy having started the season with a run to the Pune final, while Federer won Hopman Cup with Belinda Bencic.

Advantage: Federer

 

Match Stats 2018

  Federer Cilic
Tie-Breaks 3-0 6-2
Deciding sets 0-0 1-0

 

Tie-breaks

Federer has been pretty commanding in his tie-breaks while here, although Cilic has played more already this year.

Deciding Sets

Federer arrives at the Australian Open final without having dropped a set, while Cilic has been taken to four sets twice, and was 2-0 up in the decider when Rafael Nadal pulled the ripcord with a leg injury.

Deuce

 

Tournament

Serve/Return

There really is not that much to separate them on this regard. They have exactly the same percentage of first serve points won, and Federer is just slightly more ahead in second serve points won. Federer is more effective in his Returns In percentage.

Unsurprisingly Cilic has more aces and winners having played more sets, but in general Federer looks that little bit more efficient.

Advantage: Federer.

 

The Australian Open 2018 Men’s Final takes place at 7:30pm (8:30 GMT).

 

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