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Queen’s | Cilic stuns Djokovic

Queen’s | Cilic stuns Djokovic

Marin Cilic was crowned champion at Queen’s for a second time as he recovered to prevent Novak Djokovic from claiming his first title in nearly 12 months, defeating the Serbian former World No.1 in a dramatic fightback, 5-7 7-6(4) 6-3 to lift the Fever Tree Trophy.

Cilic, who was appearing in the final for a fourth time having won it back in 2012, was on the verge of suffering his third loss when Djokovic held a match point in the second set.

It was a special win for me because last year I had a match point and didn't convert it, It was a tough match but I have waited six years to get my hands on this trophy." Marin Cilic

ut the world number six and top seed survived that threat to storm back from 4-1 down to force a tiebreak and push the final into a decider.

There the Croat left Djokovic shell-shocked as he powered his way to victory and his18th career title in what proved to be, at two hours and 57-minutes, the longest final in Queen’s history. He also banked a cheque for £413,601.

“It was a special win for me because last year I had a match point and didn’t convert it,” Cilic reminded the crowd after only his second win over Djokovic in 16 meetings. “It was a tough match but I have waited six years to get my hands on this trophy.”

It was a morale-boosting moment for Cilic who had finished as runner-up at both Queen’s and Wimbledon last year. He also lost in the final of the Australian Open at the start of the season.

A dejected Djokovic put on a brave face, saying: “I have to congratulate Marin on a fantastic week. He deserved to win and came up with some big shots.

“It’s a tough loss for me. But I have to see the positive because I haven’t played a final in almost a year.”

Djokovic, a three-time Wimbledon winner, had hoped his 99th career final would be a significant landmark in his bid to return to the top after a wretched run but his failure to convert that match point shows he still hasn’t fully recovered the form which he had when dominating the game.

In Germany, Cilic’s countryman Borna Coric, ended Roger Federer’s 20-match winning streak on grass, beating him in three sets 7-6(6) 3-6 6-2 in the Halle Open final, also bringing to a halt the Swiss maestro’s reign as world No.1, handing the position back to Rafa Nadal who wasn’t playing this week

Federer was denied a 10th title at the Gerry Weber Open as 34th-ranked Croatian handed the 36-year-old a setback in his Wimbledon preparations.

About The Author

Henry Wancke

Henry Wancke is one of the most respected Tennis writers in the UK. Henry is the Editor of both Tennis Threads Magazine and tennisthreads.net. He previously worked as Editor of Tennis World, Serve & Volley as well as Tennis Today magazines and been stringer for The Daily Telegraph, The Guardian and Press Association. He also co-authored the Ultimate Encyclopaedia of Tennis with John Parsons published by Carlton, and the Federation Cup – the first 32 years, published by the ITF. Currently he is the Secretary of the Lawn Tennis Writers’ Association and Hon Vice President of the Tennis Industry Association UK.


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