Published: Mon, June 25, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

I'm not one of Wimbledon favourites: Djokovic

I'm not one of Wimbledon favourites: Djokovic

It was tough to tell, though, as his voice dipped in the immediate aftermath of Cilic's 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 win in just under three hours on a warm Sunday afternoon at the Queen's Club.

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 success against 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. Hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport.

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.

A rampant Djokovic conceded just one point on his first serve during the second set and looked favourite to close out the contest and claim a first title for 12 months.

'I played well in the second set, I started to hit through.

Djokovic will be concerned that he allowed a match in which he appeared to be in control slip through his fingers, although he has shown signs of a return to form after his struggles of earlier in the year following a minor elbow operation.

Wildcard Djokovic seemed agitated at times as Chardy, who has won 12 of 13 matches on grass over the past three weeks, proved a tricky opponent.

Kyrgios lost the match 7-6 7-6 to Cilic, who goes on to face Novak Djokovic in the tournament final.

He said in his interview with the BBC after the match: 'I'm delighted I managed to win in straight sets. "I was very determined to play my best, especially after a great performance in the first round and managed to deliver". Djokovic said when asked how he would cope with the power of Cilic's serve.

His serve-volley strategy provided dividends in the second set, although he needed another ace to save set point at 5-4, and after a typical outburst at his own team the Australian won it with yet another ace to set up a semifinal with Marin Cilic.

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

But crucially, Cilic saved a match point at 4-5 in the second set, with a thunderous service victor setting the stage for a thrilling tie-break.

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