Relentless Cilic edges Kyrgios to set up Djokovic final

Relentless Cilic edges Kyrgios to set up Djokovic final

Relentless Cilic edges Kyrgios to set up Djokovic final

The 12-time Grand Slam champion set up a meeting with Marin Cilic by defeating Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (5), 6-4 at Queen's Club on Saturday in London.

Djokovic will face Marin Cilic in Sunday's final after the top-seeded Croat defeated Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).

Just when Novak Djokovic looked set to position himself perfectly for another run at Wimbledon he let slip the chance of a first ATP Tour title in almost a year.

After struggling in the first four months of the season due to a long break he was forced to take a year ago, Djokovic has found his form in Rome, Paris and here in London, heading to Wimbledon as one of the favorites together with Roger Federer and Marin Cilic. I was maybe a bit more lucky in those situations and composed.

Asked how he would cope with Cilic's power serves, Djokovic joked: "I will play with two racquets!" You know, I had a lot of matches in this last month and a half, and I feel that my game is where it needs to be at the moment.

Djokovic spurred a match point during his thrilling match with Cilic but he says he is now ready and raring to go for the grass Grand Slam.

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Kyrgios saved the only break points of the match, recovering from 15-40 at 2-2 in the second set.

He won the Wimbledon warm-up event in 2012 but has since lost finals in 2013 and 2017. "Today I just didn't have any chances to break at all", the 23-year-old told reporters. "I haven't played a finals at any event in nearly a year so this felt great".

His serve was a potent weapon again and in the eighth game of the first set he bashed down three consecutive aces before playing one of his trademark "tweeners" to level at 4-4.

Firing some superb returns, he converted his third set point when Cilic netted a backhand. He needed an ace to save break point in the eighth game, could do little about the angled forehand around the net that gave Cilic another chance and then dumped a tired forehand. Grass court suits him very well.

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).

Rybarikova twice broke the Kvitova serve in the opening set and looked a strong candidate to claim the fifth WTA tour title of her career.

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