Friday, 19 October, 2018

Marin Cilic saves match point to down Novak Djokovic and win Queen's

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

Just when Novak Djokovic looked set to position himself perfectly for another run at Wimbledon he let slip the chance of a first ATP Tour title in almost a year.

"I've played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents", he said. Djokovic said when asked how he would cope with the power of Cilic's serve.

But it was the double fault midway through the match which Djokovic feels cost him so dearly.

One break of serve earned Djokovic the first set, but Cilic hit back to take the second and then overpowered Djokovic in the decider.

"It was a special win for me because past year I had a match point and didn't convert it", Cilic said.

Cilic arrived here with a proud record on the Queen's Club grass. He had to scramble to save match point at 4-5 and, from that point on, grew in self-belief.




The top seed raised his game when it mattered most, winning both tiebreakers against the Australian in a match which featured no breaks of serve. The Serb returned superbly to force a match point but the Croatian fended it off with some big-serving.

Was this rare inefficiency the result of the 51-week drought since Djokovic's last title (which came at Eastbourne last year)?

Petra Kvitova roars in celebration after winning in Birmingham.

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.

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

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. I played a lot of three-setters and a lot of tennis.

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