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Sunday, 24 June 2018

Marin Clinic Beats Novak Djokovic To Win Queen's Title (Photos)

Croatia's Martin Cilic performed a remarkable comeback to defeat Novak Djokovic 5-7, 7-6, 6-3 to win his second career Queen's title.

Cilic was in his third successive grass-court final after defeat in the Queens and Wimbledon last year.

Novak Djokovic's 12 months title drought continued but he showed the world that he is now ready to compete with the best.

Both players held serve during the nervy opening six games but Cilic came incredibly close to breaking in an extraordinary seventh game.

The Croatian stormed to a love-40 lead with a delightful long backhand down the line. But Djokovic saved all three breakpoints.

But remarkably Cilic won six points in a row to take the game to a third set.

There was little to split the two again as they held serve for the first seven games.

But Cilic broke in the eighth by producing a stunning forehand which even drew a thumbs up from Djokovic.

Cilic then went on to serve his way to the title and avenge his 2017 loss to Feliciano Lopez.

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

"It was a tough match, with no breaks for me until the final set."

Djokovic seeking to secure his first title since Eastbourne last year was not disturbed by the defeat.

"I have to congratulate Marin on a fantastic week," said Djokovic, who was playing in the tournament for the first time in 10 years.

"He deserved to win and came up with some big shots. It's a tough loss for me. But I have to see the positive because I haven't played a final in almost a year."


This is the longest Queen's Cup final match ever.


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