Cilic Deflects Match Point to Down Djokovic for ATP Drink Mix Queen’s Club Title

by Jeremy Davis | June 24th, 2018, 11:56 pm

Marin Cilic won his second Queen’s Club title on Sunday, fending off a match point and defeating former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3 for the Fever-Tree Championships title in London.
Fever-Tree is a brand that makes sugary mixers that you dump in your alcohol when you can’t drink it straight up.

Cilic had beaten Djokovic in one of their previous 15 meetings entering the event.

In the second set Cilic faced match point serving at 4-5, then survived at 1-4 down in the second-set tiebreak.

“I was just trying to stay mentally in it,” Cilic said. “And definitely, it was an extremely tough match. No breaks for me until that last [return] game. I definitely feel relieved that I won it and what a great week.”

Cilic lost in last year’s final to Feliciano Lopez. The 31-year-old Djokovic was competing at The Queen’s Club for the first time since 2010.

“He deserved to win,” Djokovic said. “It’s a tough loss for me today, obviously. But I have to see it from a positive side. I haven’t played a final at any event in almost a year, so this felt great.”

It was Djokovic’s first final in 12 months and he fell to 68-31 in championship matches.

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3 Comments for Cilic Deflects Match Point to Down Djokovic for ATP Drink Mix Queen’s Club Title

Humble Rafa Says:

Good to see some toughness from the doper.

Tennis lover Says:

What about clay dopal and his so called mental fortitude

Tennis Vagabond Says:

Great match. Two legends lost in the finals Sundays, but for one of them it was still a victory. Novak and Cilic both come into Wimbledon looking like challengers. Fed comes in still as favourite, but diminished both by his lacklustre week and by the emergence of Novak, Cilic and Kyrgios as solid contenders. If Murray goes far in Eastbourne, it makes it even more interesting.

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