Federer got off to a quick 3-0 start with a double-break and cruised through the first set in 24 minutes. He had his chances in the second for a commanding two-sets-to-love lead but Cilic prevailed in the tiebreak. Federer got a break in the sixth game of the third set for a 4-2 lead and that was the difference for a two-sets-to-one lead. The Swiss then broke Cilic in the first game of the four set and moved to a quick 2-0 lead. But Cilic then upped his game from the baseline by hitting into deep corners and putting Federer on the run, and on his return of serve by stepping in and cracking deep returns. He broke Federer in the sixth game of the fourth and then again in the eighth before closing out the set on his serve.
Most career Grand Slam titles among men:Federer – 20 Nadal – 16 Sampras – 14 Djokovic – 12 Emerson – 12 Borg – 11 Laver – 11 pic.twitter.com/AVMAqujktX — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) January 28, 2018