Djokovic ends 12-month drought to reach Queen's showpiece

Djokovic ends 12-month drought to reach Queen's showpiece

Djokovic ends 12-month drought to reach Queen's showpiece

Marin Cilic was crowned Queen's Club champion for the second time as the Croatian stunned Novak Djokovic with a dramatic fightback in his 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory on Sunday.

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 lost in the Queen's final this afternoon but he will have taken some huge confidence from his display and will be hopeful of challenging for the Wimbledon title next month.

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 was maybe a bit more lucky in those situations and composed.

"I played a lot of three-setters and a lot of tennis". "He served really big in his first three matches, especially his last two".

Cilic was on the verge of a third loss in the Queen's final when Djokovic held a match point in the second set. "I wouldn't say I'm a contender for a trophy or anything like that", Djokovic said. "Today I just didn't have any chances to break at all".

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"I had a great time with him for 11 years, taking him on when he was really young - 18 or 19, and that was one of the best times because he was at an age when he was improving", Vajda told Catherine Whitaker on Amazon Prime Video, who are broadcasting at Queen's before taking over as sole TV rights-holders for the US Open in the United Kingdom later this year. "I've played great tennis throughout this week and have another shot at the title", Cilic said. He's starting to play better.

The world No. 21 showed an array of shots that will make him a unsafe opponent in the semifinal as he produced a magical lob, a rasping backhand passing shot and a classic drop shot to unnerve Lopez and take the first set tie-break.

Djokovic had his moments on Sunday, forcing Cilic through 10 minutes of angst at the start of the second set, but after an hour and a half Cilic was making him earn every point.

Cilic has caught some of Djokovic in action during his run to the final and believes he has improved drastically this year.

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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