Marin Cilic fights back to win Queen’s Club title against Novak Djokovic

Dean Simpson
June 25, 2018

I was keeping myself really focused, really composed, patient.

Cilic had looked imperious throughout his run to the final and made his move in the seventh game of the opening set.

But crucially, Cilic saved a match point at 4-5 in the second set, with a thunderous service victor setting the stage for a thrilling tie-break.

"I think Roger's motivational level is just slightly better and higher on Grand Slams, " said Cilic, "and you can see that throughout so many years that he's been showing the best tennis at Grand Slam levels".

The deadlock in that was broken at 4-4 when, on a second deuce, Cilic used his enormous wingspan to hit a miraculous forehand victor down the line to set up a break point, which was converted when Djokovic netted a straightforward backhand. "This is as big a tournament as it gets prior to Wimbledon, and I played in the final and nearly won it so it's a great result".

The 31-year-old Scot - a two-time Wimbledon champion - will hope he gives a good account of himself against Wawrinka, who has reached the quarter-finals at the All England club twice, to commit himself to playing at Wimbledon which begins on July 2.

Unfortunately for Kyrgios, he was knocked out of the Wimbledon warm-up event by Cilic, going down 7-6 7-6.

Although it was Djokovic's first final in just short of a year, Cilic faced a formidable challenge as the Serb produced the kind of tennis that helped him amass 12 Grand Slam titles.

But it was the double fault midway through the match which Djokovic feels cost him so dearly. "And obviously trying to get as many free points on my own serve [as I can]", Djokovic said.

World No.6 Cilic did not offer up one break point opportunity in their one hour and 25 minute meeting.

Firing some superb returns, he converted his third set point when Cilic netted a backhand. There's a lot of grass court players.

But Kvitova proved a different proposition for the remainder of the match, breaking twice in the second set while having to save only a single break point against her serve.

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