Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Joe Gonzales

Marin Cilic comes from behind to beat Novak Djokovic to win Queen's

Marin Cilic comes from behind to beat Novak Djokovic to win Queen's

Djokovic is slowly getting back in the groove at the Wimbledon warm-up event.

Cilic, runner-up to Roger Federer at Wimbledon last year and this year's Australian Open, was relentless, however, and seized on a couple of Kyrgios groundstroke errors in the opening tiebreak to pocket the first set. So hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport.

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

Cilic served for the title and Djokovic, when once he might have roared back, put up barely token resistance, his final forehand sailing harmlessly long. I'm definitely not one of the favourites in Wimbledon, so I'll just try to keep it humble.

Asked how long he can play for, Djokovic grinned, saying: "Who said 40? Tennis rivalry has nothing to do with this match tonight, but I'm sure that we are all going to be very excited to see every minute of it". He was serving more than 30 aces in a match and both of those matches were in two sets.

It was something of a return to form for the 12-time grand slam champion this week though, and he could easily have won in what was his 99th career final, but he missed that match point in the second set.

Cameras panned to the young Aussie in his players box moments before his semi-finals match against Croatia's Marin Cilic, and found him in a playful mood, joking around with an unseen person in the crowd and holding a water bottle in the vicinity of his crotch.

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A high-level showdown full of thundering serves boiled down to two tiebreaks in which the ice-cool Cilic proved the more composed player to set up a Sunday showdown with former world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

"50, 60, 70. I don't know".

Djokovic is a lowly 22nd in the ATP rankings after an embarrassing French Open quarter-final defeat against Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato earlier this month.

"No breaks for me until that last (return) game".

The Serb, who has struggled this season after missing the second half of 2017 with an elbow injury, upped his level to earn the first break of the match for a 5-4 lead in the second set.

Videos picked up by fans show Kyrgios playing the circle game with his camp, clearly more interested in having a laugh than trying to break down Cilic's serve.

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