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Marin Cilic beats Novak Djokovic to claim Queen's Club title

25 June, 2018, 05:05 | Author: Delia Walker
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"I feel that when I raise my level of the serving, I'm the one who can even take control of the match".

Dogged by rumours he no longer has the motivation to return to the top, the 31-year-old's error-strewn collapse from such a commanding position will be especially troubling.

He broke in the fourth game, broke again in the sixth, and despite a glimmer of a chance in seventh game, Mannarino's only break point of the set, Djokovic slammed the door after an hour and 19 minutes, 6-1. "I'm really pleased with the way I have played throughout the whole week".

It earns Cilic redemption for his final defeat here to Feliciano Lopez 12 months ago and is the second time he has lifted the trophy after he first won it in 2012 - when David Nalbandian defaulted by kicking an advertising board.

"It was a special win for me because previous year I had a match point and didn't convert it". So hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport.

Djokovic stepped up his Wimbledon preparations by sweeping into the Queen's Club quarter-finals with a 6-4, 6-1 demolition of Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday.

If Djokovic wins the semifinal and goes on to take the Queen's title for the first time, he will pass Stefan Edberg into 9th place on the all-time wins list.

"I'm sure there is going to be a lot of texting, private texting and social media texting between all of us tonight", Djokovic said. I mean, he played Querrey today and looked really, really good.

The Croat fought back to win the Fever-Tree Championships 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the longest final in the tournament's history.

Until he served for the match, two breaks to the good, 5-1, Djokovic showed no weakness at all, but then it became clear just how much he wanted this win.

"I can't remember a specific time when I've served at this level back to back", Kyrgios told reporters.

Cameras panned to the young Aussie in his players box moments before his semi-finals match against Croatia's Marin Cilic, and found him in a playful mood, joking around with an unseen person in the crowd and holding a water bottle in the vicinity of his crotch. "He's definitely rightly one of the candidates to win the title". But with a 0-10 deficit against Djokovic, including twice in straight sets at Wimbledon, the odds are not in his favour.



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