It wasn’t meant to be for Marin Čilić against Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime Monday afternoon in Melbourne. The Croatian came out crisp and took the first set 6-2 before losing the next three sets in consecutive fashion; two in tiebreaks. Regardless, Čilić should consider this chapter of the Australian open a success as he took down #5 Andrey Rublev in the 3rd Round. Čilić will climb three spots in the world rankings due to reaching the 4th Round of the Australian Open this year.
33 year-old Marin Čilić looked to be cruising into the twilight of his tennis career in recent tournaments. With his world ranking remaining in the top-50, he would regularly win a match or two before bowing out in the first week of Grand Slam tournaments.
But with Čilić’s HUGE win over world #5 Andrey Rublev two days ago, we may not be done with the 2014 US Open champion quite yet.
Monday afternoon in Melbourne (10PM ET) Sunday night in North America, Čilić will face 21 year-old Canadian Félix Auger-Aliassime, who is ranked #9 at the Australian Open this year. This would be Auger-Aliassime’s first quarterfinal appearance down under if he could beat Čilić, who played against Federer in the 2018 final.
Čilić is 3-0 all time versus Félix Auger-Aliassime; last beating him 7-6, 6-3 in 2021 on grass in the Stuttgart final and has only dropped one set to the Canadian thus far.