Marin Cilic Beats Novak Djokovic to Win Queen’s Title in London
- by croatiaweek
- in Sport
Marin Cilic has come from one set down and saved a match point to beat Novak Djokovic in the final of the Queen’s Club Championship in London 5-7, 7-6, 6-3.
The win was the Croatian’s 18th ATP title and just his second win against Djokovic in 16 matches.
The opening set went on serve until Djokovic broke Cilic on his third break-point of the 12th game after Cilic himself had a chance to break at 5-5 to take it 7-5.
Djokovic was starting to hit his straps in the second set, making just one unforced error on his serve in the opening 3 games of the set. Djokovic, playing in his first final on the tour in almost a year, had a huge chance to finish the match when he had a match point at 5-4 but he could not convert.
The set went to a tie-breaker and when the Serbian was up 4-1 it looked like it was all over but Cilic rallied back and took the tie-breaker and the set to force a decider.
The third set went on serve until Cilic forced a break in the eighth game to move to a 5-3 lead. The Croatian kept his cool and served out the match to take a thrilling final in just over 3 hours.
From match point down, the top seed beats Djokovic 5-7, 7-6, 6-3. He’s the #QueensTennis winner for the second time in his career. pic.twitter.com/IpjQobndMY
— Fever-Tree Championships (@QueensTennis) June 24, 2018
It has been a day to remember for Croatian tennis with Borna Coric also winning an ATP title on Sunday when he beat Roger Federer in the final of the ATP Halle Open in Germany.