Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Marin Cilic resists Novak Djokovic comeback to claim Queen's title

Marin Cilic resists Novak Djokovic comeback to claim Queen's title

Novak Djokovic advanced to the semifinals of Queen's Club with a win over Adrian Mannarino 7-5, 6-1 to earn his 800 career match win on the ATP World Tour.

Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion, follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Connors (1,256), Roger Federer (1,156), Ivan Lendl (1,068), Guillermo Vilas (949), Rafael Nadal (903), John McEnroe (881), Andre Agassi (870), Ilie Nastase (846) and Stefan Edberg (801). Djokovic said when asked how he would cope with the power of Cilic's serve.

"It's just sometimes, you're pumped and frustrated". I want to just stay focused for this tournament.

"As I said, I don't like to put any numbers on how long and when it's going to end. The last two years I enjoyed a lot so to come back top-50 is really good for me".

Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (5), 6-4 to advance to the Fever-Tree Championships final in London.

In-form Chardy had won 12 of his previous 13 matches but the Frenchman was still left without a win - or even a set - against Djokovic after their 11th career meeting.

"It was a struggle with surgery and my elbow, the ups and downs and trying to figure things out and get that consistency in the game".

The Frenchman resolutely denied Djokovic at 2-2 and 3-3 before the three-time Wimbledon champion finally broke through with some of his best groundstrokes of the match to take a 5-4 lead.

"It took me quite a few months to actually feel comfortable playing again on this level, back-to-back matches and playing consistently well".

"I played great tennis, managed to win, managed to find a way to win, and feeling definitely very strong for coming weeks".

"I haven't had that consistency in my game".

Cilic powered into his fourth Queen's Club final with the win.

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.

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.

Both players are wildcards at the Nature Valley International, which starts on Monday, as they continue their comebacks from injury.

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