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Fever-Tree Championships: Marin Cilic pips Novak Djokovic in longest-ever final

  • 24/06/2018

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Marin Cilic sealed his second title at The Queen's Club with victory over Novak Djokovic in the longest-ever final in the tournament's history.

Cilic battled back from a set down and saved a match point to win it in three sets 5-7, 7-6(4), 6-3, lifting the famous trophy for the second time in his career, backing up the title he earned in 2012.

Played out in front of a packed Centre Court under sunny West London skies, the match was the longest finale in Queen's Club history, clocking in at two hours and 57 minutes.

Cilic was a runner-up to Feliciano Lopez in last year's final and it looked as though he would be picking up the consolation prize once again as a resurgent Djokovic forced him into a loose forehand for a late break of serve in the first set.

A brutal second set went to a tiebreaker after Cilic fended off a match point with a huge serve and the tall Croatian was able to force a third set.

A tense deciding set went Cilic's way after he pummelled a stunning forehand for a 4-3 lead that had even Djokovic clapping in approval. From there, the World No.6 served his way to victory, raising his arms and beaming with joy as he claimed the title.

"It was a special win for me because last year I had a match point and didn't convert it," said Cilic. "It was a tough match, with no breaks for me until the final set."

Djokovic, who last played at The Queen's Club in 2008, was gracios in defeat. He said: "I have to congratulate Marin on a fantastic week. He deserved to win and came up with some big shots. It's a tough loss for me. But I have to see the positive because I haven't played a final in almost a year."

Doubles final report to follow