Marin Cilic feels in great form ahead of Wimbledon

Marin Cilic feels in great form ahead of Wimbledon

Marin Cilic feels in great form ahead of Wimbledon

In the final, Djokovic will face 2012 Queen's champion Marin Cilic who stopped the run of Nick Kyrgios in two tiebreakers 7-6 (3), 7-6 (4).

Djokovic beat Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (5), 6-4 to advance to the Fever-Tree Championships final in London.

Cilic, who was the runner-up at Wimbledon previous year and at the Australian Open this season, will be playing his fourth Queen's Club final.

Djokovic, a 12-time Grand Slam champion who missed the latter part of last season with an elbow injury but has made strides toward his best level in recent weeks, had the edge from the baseline throughout and waited for chances against the Bulgarian's serve.

"He served really big in his first three matches, especially his last two".

Djokovic, who had won 14 of his 15 matches against Cilic, then led 4-1 in the ensuing tiebreak but seemed to tighten up, and a double-fault at 4-4 gave Cilic the momentum to level.

For Djokovic, there was only frustration at his failure to finish off Cilic and win his first title since the grass-court tournament at Eastbourne 12 months ago. So hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport. "It was a tough match, with no breaks for me until the final set".

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.

"I've played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents", he said. Cilic produced the knockout blow in the final set with a brilliant victor on the run to break in the eighth game, earning a thumbs up from Djokovic that effectively signalled his surrender.

However, Djokovic repelled five break points, showing the sort of defensive prowess he used to offer up in his pomp.

"Last year I had a match point and couldn't convert it, this year it was Novak".

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.

On this evidence against Mannarino, which followed an impressive win against Grigor Dimitrov on Thursday, Djokovic looks to be heading in the right direction and will be a contender at Wimbledon in a fortnight.

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