Monday 21 January 2019

Cilic sinks Djokovic to fire Wimbledon warning

Marin Cilic. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire
Marin Cilic. Photo: Steven Paston/PA Wire newsdesk

Marin Cilic outlined his credentials as a potential Wimbledon champion by winning a second title at Queen's.

The No 1 seed fought off a match point to defeat Novak Djokovic 5-7 7-6 (7/4) 6-3 in a gruelling two hours and 57 minutes in the final.

It earns Cilic redemption for his final defeat to Feliciano Lopez here 12 months ago and is the second time he has lifted the trophy after he won it in 2012 - when David Nalbandian defaulted by kicking an advertising board.

The Croatian will now be among the favourites for Wimbledon, which starts next Monday, after a faultless week in west London.

Djokovic will also be well fancied for a fourth title at Wimbledon but his trophy drought now goes beyond a year - the longest wait of his career.

The 12-time grand slam champion could easily have won what was his 99th career final, but wasted a match point in the second set.

Roger Federer has missed out on the chance to win his 100th career title at Wimbledon as he lost the Gerry Weber Open final to Borna Coric.

Irish Independent

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