Marin Cilic beats spirited Kyle Edmund to reach Aussie Open final

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Great Britain’s Kyle Edmund is out of the Australian Open after losing to Croatian Marin Cilic 6-2 7-6 (7/4) 6-2 in the semi-finals in Melbourne.

The result brings an end to the British number two’s brilliant run in the tournament which produced his maiden grand slam semi-final and could push his world ranking up to as high as 30.

Edmund started well but once Cilic settled it was relatively routine for the number six seed.┬áThe Croatian’s tactic was simple: keep the ball away from Edmund’s big weapon, and he was doing it very well.

After a medical time-out, Kyle rallied in the second set and forced a tie-break. It was the pivotal point of the match but Cilic’s nerve and experience held up the better, taking it 7-4.

From that point on, Edmund’s spirit appeared broken and Cilic cruised home in the third set to book his place in Sunday’s final.

Check out our gallery of the semi-final encounter, then read our analysis of why Edmund found Cilic too hot to handle.

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