Cilic fights off match point to defeat Djokovic

Cilic fights off match point to defeat Djokovic

Cilic fights off match point to defeat Djokovic

Djokovic tried to stay upbeat, saying: "I have to congratulate Marin on a fantastic week".

Dogged by rumours he no longer has the motivation to return to the top, the 31-year-old's error-strewn collapse from such a commanding position will be especially troubling.

A high-level showdown full of thundering serves boiled down to two tiebreaks in which the ice-cool Cilic proved the more composed player to set up a Sunday showdown with former world No.1 Novak Djokovic.

"The last couple of weeks, I feel pretty untouchable on serve".

While he has not won a title for a year, a strong run in Rome, followed by a quarter-final showing at the French Open and now an impressive transition to grass, augurs well for his chances at next month's Wimbledon.

Kyrgios continued his playful mood into the match and was spotted focusing more on games with his team in the stands than on his match with Cilic. It's still the sport that I love with all my heart. I will play as long as I feel like playing.

"I'm just very excited to be able to win in straight sets against very good players". "It was a similar scenario, and this year I was the one that was the happier guy at the end", the Croatian top seed told a press conference.

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"It's special to play here and I've played great tennis throughout the week and it's great to have another shot at the title", the 2012 Queen's champion said.

Novak Djokovic has endured a dramatic slump in fortunes since lifting his 12th grand slam title at Roland Garros just over two years ago.

Hampered by an elbow injury previous year, Djokovic hasn't earned a major title since competing his career Grand Slam by winning the 2016 French Open.

Djokovic, through to the semifinals for only the second time since last year's Eastbourne International, next meets France's Jeremy Chardy after he defeated American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4.

Cilic won six points in a row to force a third set. "One in the right hand and one in the left hand!"

"I watched here and there some of his matches", Cilic said.

A wobbly start against Mannarino could have squandered the momentum from those wins and Djokovic shrieked in frustration when a wayward forehand gifted the world number 26 a break in the 3rd game of the first set.

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