The 29 year-old Raonic claimed the notable scalp of sixth seed Stefanos Tsitsipas in the last round, winning 7-5 6-4 7-6 (7-2). The Canadian hammered home 19 aces and had a win % of 88 on first serve. So well did Raonic serve, that he didn’t face a single break point in the match.
Marin Cilic also overcame a higher ranked player when he eliminated ninth seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-7 (3-7) 6-4 6-0 5-7 6-3. He hit 24 aces and had a win % of 77 on his first serve. The win avenged last year’s loss to the Spaniard, also over five sets, in the last 16 of the tournament.
The pair have faced each other on three previous occasions, with the 31 year-old Croatian 2-1 ahead on the head-to-head.
Cilic was also taken to the full five sets in the second round of the tournament by Benoit Paire, so there have to be some concerns as to his stamina, particularly if Raonic continues to serve well. It’s going to take something special to break the Canadian on current form.
Milos Raonic vs Marin Cilic Betting Lines & Prediction
This is a clash between two big servers who are both difficult to break when anywhere near their best. With Marin Cilic having had the longer matches in reaching this stage, the edge could be with Milos Raonic in terms of Aussie Open predictions to win this one. The Canadian is therefore our tip.