Novak Djokovic eases into Queen's Club semi-finals

25 June, 2018, 05:10 | Author: Greg Lawrence
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Marin Cilic was crowned Queen's Club champion for the second time as the Croatian stunned Novak Djokovic with a dramatic fightback in his 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory on Sunday.

The elegant surroundings of Queen's Club in west London have served as an ideal grass-court warm-up for numerous great Wimbledon champions over the years and this week a former World Number One has been reminding everyone of the old dictum 'form is temporary but class is permanent'.

Djokovic is only the 10th man in the professional era to reach 800 match wins, and while Jimmy Connors' 1,256 - not to mention Roger Federer's still-growing 1,156 - is still a long way off, those who were beginning to write off the former world No. 1 and dominant force might need a rethink.

It was Djokovic's first win over 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've played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents".

Djokovic will also be well fancied for a fourth title at Wimbledon but his trophy drought now goes beyond a year - the longest time between titles in his career.

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Novak Djokovic of Serbia celebrates winning his quarterfinal tennis match against Adrian Mannarino of France at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Friday, June 22, 2018.

"He served really big in his first three matches, especially his last two". Djokovic has not lost a set to the Frenchman in ten matches. In press conference, asked if he one of the favorites at the All England Club, Djokovic said: 'Let's not get too ahead of ourselves too early (smiling). "You know, even though I'm really happy I'm in the finals, I just want to keep building this momentum".

"But I can definitely take a lot of positives this week". I have plenty of time to make couple more wins. "Hopefully, " said Cilic of a potential double grass-court triumph.

I haven't had too many of those, you know, last 15 months.

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. Mannarino resisted a handful of break points in the eighth game, but was finally bowed, and then Djokovic broke again.

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