Landmark win as Djokovic reaches Queen's semis

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Top seed Marin Cilic saved a match point before edging past Novak Djokovic 5-7 7-6 (4) 6-3 to win his second Queen's Club Championships crown on Sunday.

But Djokovic, who was sidelined by an elbow injury previous year, could yet deliver with a first Queen's title if he stays strong this weekend. So hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport.

Djokovic, who missed the latter part of last season with an elbow injury that required surgery but has made strides toward his best level in recent weeks, has already guaranteed himself of a return to the top 20 by reaching the semi-finals and could climb to as high as number 12 if he wins this grass-court event.

The win was the Croatian's 18th ATP title and just his second win against Djokovic in 16 matches.

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. I put in that heart every single day, and I'm just very glad to be able to play semi-finals here after Rome and Roland Garros tournaments that went pretty well for me. I have plenty of time to make couple more wins.

Asked how long he can play for, Djokovic grinned, saying: "Who said 40?"

"It was a tough match but I have waited six years to get my hands on this trophy".

Winning the longest final in Queen's history - at two hours and 57 minutes - was just reward for Cilic's superb week on the lawns of Barons Court, which banked him a cheque for?413,601 ($548,764).

The 12-time Grand Slam champion follows in the footsteps of Jimmy Connors (1,256), Roger Federer (1,156), Ivan Lendl (1,068), Guillermo Vilas (949), Rafael Nadal (903), John McEnroe (881), Andre Agassi (870), Ilie Nastase (846) and Stefan Edberg (801).

An embarrassing French Open quarter-final defeat against Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato extended his wretched run in 2018.

Despite spending much of the set in damage-limitation mode, Djokovic snatched the set.

"I haven't had that consistency in my game". Mannarino resisted a handful of break points in the eighth game, but was finally bowed, and then Djokovic broke again.

Djokovic had an early look at a break point in the second set, but Cilic snuffed it out before facing even more danger at 4-5.

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