Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Novak Djokovic hopes are dashed as Marin Cilic clinches Queen's title

Novak Djokovic hopes are dashed as Marin Cilic clinches Queen's title

I was just thinking how I can return his serve and how I can get into play and position myself well in the next point.

Cilic broke in the eighth game of the final set before serving for a 6-3 win. I'm just glad to keep this going, and I don't want to celebrate too much.

Murray had not played competitively since a Wimbledon quarter-final defeat against Sam Querrey a year ago as he was beset by a hip problem which eventually required surgery in Australia in January.

"I feel that when I raise my level of the serving, I'm the one who can even take control of the match".

"It's special to play here and I've played great tennis throughout the week and it's great to have another shot at the title", the 2012 Queen's champion said.

He saved a first break point at 1-1 but then needed to save five more at 3-3, and was lucky that Cilic could not execute on any of them when given the chance.

Cilic found himself under the cosh at the start of the second, with Djokovic looking to finish him off, but the 2017 Wimbledon runner-up held his nerve to deny him two chances to break.

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Djokovic was seeking to win his first title for a year as he battles his way back to his best form after injury.

"I watched here and there some of his matches", Cilic said.

Cilic was on the losing end of a similar result in last year's final, as he spurned a match point in a loss to Feliciano Lopez, before greater disappointment followed as he lost to Roger Federer in the Wimbledon final. He needed an ace to save break point in the eighth game, could do little about the angled forehand around the net that gave Cilic another chance and then dumped a tired forehand.

Firing some superb returns, he converted his third set point when Cilic netted a backhand.

World No.6 Cilic did not offer up one break point opportunity in their one hour and 25 minute meeting. "As expected a couple of points made the difference in the tiebreaks".

Like the world No 8 Kvitova, Rybarikova has fine grass-court pedigree, having reached last year's Wimbledon semi-finals, and it showed in the opener as she seized the advantage.

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