Marin Cilic Beats Novak Djokovic to Win Queen's Title in London

Marin Cilic Beats Novak Djokovic to Win Queen's Title in London

Marin Cilic Beats Novak Djokovic to Win Queen's Title in London

Djokovic tried to stay upbeat, saying: "I have to congratulate Marin on a fantastic week".

The 31-year-old Serb has been in the doldrums since winning the French Open in 2016 to complete his career Grand Slam, and has suffered with an elbow injury for 18 months.

Cilic's 2012 Queen's Club triumph came in freaky circumstances as David Nalbandian was disqualified for injuring a line judge, but this time he finished in style, producing a nerveless service game to seal victory in just under three hours.

"I feel confident for Wimbledon, for sure".

Djokovic, playing in his first final on the tour in nearly a year, had a huge chance to finish the match when he had a match point at 5-4 but he could not convert. I have plenty of time to make couple more wins. It's still the sport that I love with all my heart. Obviously didn't get off to the start I wanted to.

"It was just a great challenge that I was looking forward to".

Cilic now is to face Nick Kyrgios, who eliminated defending champion Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7/5), 7-6 (7/3).

"Well, Chardy has been playing really well on grass this year".

Djokovic will also be well fancied for a fourth title at Wimbledon but his trophy drought now goes beyond a year - the longest time between titles in his career.

"I can't remember a specific time when I've served at this level back to back", Kyrgios told reporters. "Novak had such a great week, and it's really good to see him coming back so well, health-wise, playing at the top level", Cilic said.

But the spring in his step on the London grass courts was evident as he dispatched Adrian Mannarino 7-5 6-1 to set up a semi-final against another in-form Frenchman, Jeremy Chardy.

Djokovic is through to only his second semifinal of a troubled campaign as he hunts his first title in 2018.

A high-level semi-final full of thundering serves boiled down to two tiebreaks in which the ice-cool Cilic proved the more composed player to set up a Sunday showdown with former world number one Novak Djokovic. "One in the right hand and one in the left hand!"

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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