Marin Cilic fights back to win Queen’s Club title against Novak Djokovic

Tyler Owen
June 25, 2018

"I have to keep my expectation very low, considering my results in the last 12 months".

Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates winning his semi final match against Australia's Nick Kyrgios.

But crucially, Cilic saved a match point at 4-5 in the second set, with a thunderous service victor setting the stage for a thrilling tie-break.

But if that incident offended British tennis fans they would have been choking on their tea when the 23-year-old pretended to masturbate in between his warm-up and the first game of his 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4) loss to the top seed.

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

Just over a fortnight ago, he was in such a state of distress after his quarter-final exit to Marco Cecchinato in Paris that he suggested - in the heat of the moment, admittedly - that he might not even play the grass-court season. Just after the match, you know, I got a big blister.

Former US Open champion Cilic also lost the 2013 Queen's final and experienced fresh heartache against Federer in this year's Australian Open final.

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With momentum back on his side, Cilic looked comfortable in the west London sunshine as he grabbed the only break in the final set to claim his first title of the year. "I wouldn't say I'm a contender for a trophy or anything like that", Djokovic said.

But it was the double fault midway through the match which Djokovic feels cost him so dearly. As Nick Kyrgios said before losing against him in the semi-finals, Cilic will be among the favourites at Wimbledon.

Cilic, who won the title in 2012 and was runner-up past year, was competing in his fourth Queen's final.

And then, with Cilic serving to send it to a tiebreak, Djokovic raised his returning game and broke, with the Croatian dumping a forehand into the net.

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

Cilic won six points in a row to force a third set. There's a lot of grass court players.

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