Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Patty Hardy

Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic set for Queen's final after semifinal wins

Marin Cilic and Novak Djokovic set for Queen's final after semifinal wins

If Murray reaches the second round he will face British number one Kyle Edmund, who has a bye and is the second seed at the event.

It was not all gloom, of course, and he bridled when asked if winning a grand slam after a two-year drought would count among his best achievements: "It's what I'm playing for".

Winning the longest final in Queen's history - at two hours and 57 minutes - was just reward for Cilic's superb week on the lawns of Barons Court, which banked him a cheque for?413,601 ($548,764).

"I will play as long as I feel like playing".

It was Djokovic's first success against a top 10 player in just over a year and the impressive display suggested he made the right decision to play at Queen's for the first time since 2010. I'm grateful, as well, as I'm able to play so many matches and to win so many matches in my career.

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

"I was just trying to stay mentally in it. Lucky that I played a great tie-break again, and third set was another great set".

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.

His serve-volley strategy provided dividends in the second set, although he needed another ace to save set point at 5-4, and after a typical outburst at his own team the Australian won it with yet another ace to set up a semifinal with Marin Cilic.

Unseeded Djokovic was given some trouble by Jeremy Chardy in the opening set but prevailed 7-6 (5) 6-4 to take his record over the Frenchman to 11-0 and 26-0 in sets.

Following important wins over John Millman and Grigor Dimitrov before that, the former world No 1 - now down at No 22 in the rankings - is just two matches away from a morale-boosting maiden Queen's win to head into Wimbledon next month.

However, the 31-year-old three-time Wimbledon champion has shown glimpses in recent weeks of recapturing the form that saw him largely dominate the tour since 2011 until injuries and a loss of form derailed his career after that emotional triumph in Paris in 2016. "He's definitely rightly one of the candidates to win the title".

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.

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