Monday, 17 December, 2018

Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic set for Queen's final after semifinal wins

Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic set for Queen's final after semifinal wins Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic set for Queen's final after semifinal wins
Sergio Cook | 25 June, 2018, 03:51

I had a little tougher match (against) Sam (Querrey), a lot of movement maybe, just putting a bit more pressure on my foot and things like that.

Novak Djokovic advanced to his first ATP tour final in nearly a year by defeating Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (5), 6-4 at Queen's Club on Saturday.

Marin Cilic after beating Novak Djokovic in the final at the Queen's Club in London on Sunday.

Unseeded Djokovic was given some trouble by Jeremy Chardy in the opening set but prevailed 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

World number six Cilic was out-aced 16-11 but never gave Australian maverick Kyrgios a sniff of a service break.

The 23-year-old beat Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund recently and his run to the final in Stuttgart provided him with the ideal preparation ahead of the Wimbledon this summer. I think everything was working well for those two-and-a-half weeks. "Today I just didn't have any chances to break at all".

His serve was a potent weapon again and in the eighth game of the first set he bashed down three consecutive aces before playing one of his trademark "tweeners" to level at 4-4.

For Cilic, who has won all four breakers this week, he will now hope to go one further at Wimbledon, having suffered defeat to Roger Federer in the final last time around.

Cilic, who had missed six break point chances in the first, saved two set points - the second courtesy of a Hawkeye overrule on a forehand that clipped the line - but the 12-time Grand Slam champion kept pushing and eventually converted.

"I wasn't really thinking about the occasion or the title or whatever when I was match point up".

"I've played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents", he said. I played a lot of three-setters and a lot of tennis. That's a positive. My body feels pretty good.

Cilic was on the verge of a third loss in the Queen's final when Djokovic held a match point in the second set.

He has a 14-1 winning record over Cilic but might be second-favourite on Sunday with the Croatian in superb form. "One in the right hand and one in the left hand!"

Djokovic's performances at the Fever-Tree Championships will no doubt inspire confidence that he could claim a fourth title in SW19 - in what has been his finest tournament since returning from a long-term elbow injury - though his failure to see out this match may well land a mental blow just a week before the main event.

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