MARIN CILIC ousted crocked Rafael Nadal in a grim reversal of fortune.
Damage had wrecked Cilic’s Wimbledon remaining in opposition to Roger Federer however this time he was the beneficiary as poor Nadal give up early within the fifth set.
The world No 1 was twice in pole place, main by a set and a break after which by two units to at least one after claiming a tense third-set tiebreak.
However Nadal’s physique ran out of fuel within the fourth set, when he obtained therapy for an obvious hip drawback
The 16-time Grand Slam champion did his greatest to withstand, however Cilic ruthlessly took benefit of the scenario.
And when the ache grew to become an excessive amount of, with Cilic a break forward within the decider, Nadal gave up.
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It leaves the Croatian to play Britain’s Kyle Edmund in Thursday’s semi-final.
Nadal saved five break points in the second game, but not a sixth and he had had enough.
He shook hands with Cilic and the umpire then left the Rod Laver Arena to huge, sympathetic cheers.
Cilic said: ““It was an unbelievable performance from both of us. It’s really unfortunate for Rafa. He’s an unbelievable competitor, always gives his best.
“When you’re wounded, sometimes the balls are going in, so I was really paying attention to the first couple of games. It was absolutely important for me to continue with my intensity.”
Cilic and Edmund have played once before, with the Croatian winning in straight sets in Shanghai last October.
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“He’s had an amazing run,” said Cilic. “A few five setters, tough battles, and then a great match today. Big congratulations to him for making the semi-finals. Kyle is also a big hitter, big serve, big forehand, so I have to take care of my side of the court.”