Former finalist Cilic out of Australian Open due to injury

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Former finalist Marin Cilic has withdrawn from the Australian Open due to a knee injury. The 34-year-old Cilic was a runner-up in Melbourne in 2018 when he lost to Roger Federer in the final. “Not a great start to 2023 and few tough days in Melbourne,” he wrote on Twitter. “Devastated I can’t play this year at the Australian Open but health comes first. See you next year Melbourne!” Cilic started the season at the Maharashtra Open in India but withdrew ahead of his quarterfinal against Tallon Griekspoor with a knee injury he said he sustained in training. Former U.S. Open champion Cilic was set to be the 17th-seeded player at the Australian Open.

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