Cilic sets up half of men's final; Halep, Wozniacki to clash for women's crown

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MELBOURNE -- Marin Cilic overpowered Kyle Edmund 6-2, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2 on Thursday to set up half of the weekend men's final at the Australian Open.

Five-time champion Roger Federer and South Korean Chung Hyeon will face off Friday to determine the last piece of the puzzle for the Sunday title showdown.

In the women's draw, Simona Halep won a dramatic duel with former champion Angelique Kerber 6-3, 4-6, 9-7 to next face Caroline Wozniacki for the trophy on Saturday.

Halep, ranked No. 1 one but without a Grand Slam title, will be playing an opponent who is also seeking her first major after booking a 6-3, 7-6 (7-2) win over Belgian Elise Mertens.

The winner of the final will hold the No. 1 ranking after they're announced Monday.

Cilic will be playing his third Grand Slam final, having won the 2014 U.S. Open and losing at Wimbledon last summer to Federer.

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The Croatian sixth seed used his vast experience to control the eager Edmund, who made a habit of complaining about lights on the scoreboard and arguing with the chair umpire on a disputed point. The Brit also took an off-court medical timeout after dropping the opening set in 35 minutes.

None of that bothered Cilic, who calmly went about dismantling his 49th-ranked opponent.

His win marked the first time that any Croatian player had gone this far at the event.

Cilic finished off his rout with two breaks in the third set to advance comfortably.


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