Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Marin Cilic Beats Novak Djokovic to Win Queen's Title in London

Marin Cilic Beats Novak Djokovic to Win Queen's Title in London

Nick Kyrgios is confident his game is on track for a tilt at Wimbledon after his Queen's Club campaign ended at the semi-final stage. I was keeping myself really focused, really composed, patient.

The broadcast cameras filmed Kyrgios at the start of his match taking his final break before the first service game enjoying a very private moment with someone in his players box - for which he was fined 15,000 Euro ($17,500).

He saved a first break point at 1-1 but then needed to save five more at 3-3, and was lucky that Cilic could not execute on any of them when given the chance.

"I've played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents", he said.

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

He had been out for nearly a year with a hip injury that required surgery.

Cilic, whose determination has not always matched his considerable talent, heads for Wimbledon with spirits high and excellent prospects of reaching the final there again after the huge disappointment of surrendering to foot blisters and the brilliance of Roger Federer in the 2017 final.

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Djokovic was seeking to win his first title for a year as he battles his way back to his best form after injury.

Inspired by that escape act, Cilic powered through the deciding set to leave Djokovic shell-shocked as he won the Wimbledon warm-up event for the first time since 2012. Just after the match, you know, I got a big blister.

Marin Cilic outlined his credentials as a potential Wimbledon champion by winning a second title at Queen's.

While Kyrgios will be frustrated, his level during the week augurs well for his Wimbledon prospects.

Firing some superb returns, he converted his third set point when Cilic netted a backhand.

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). "As expected a couple of points made the difference in the tiebreaks".

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