Djokovic reaches 800 wins, 'no limit' to length of career

Djokovic reaches 800 wins, 'no limit' to length of career

Djokovic reaches 800 wins, 'no limit' to length of career

Marin Cilic was crowned Queen's Club champion for the second time as the Croatian stunned Novak Djokovic with a dramatic fightback in his 5-7, 7-6 (7/4), 6-3 victory on Sunday.

Unseeded Djokovic was given some trouble by Jeremy Chardy in the opening set but prevailed 7-6 (5) 6-4 to take his record over the Frenchman to 11-0 and 26-0 in sets.

But he banished his nearly-man tag with a gutsy comeback to claim only his second win in 16 attempts against Djokovic, clinching his 18th career ATP title and his first since Istanbul previous year.

Djokovic is through to only his second semifinal of a troubled campaign as he hunts his first title in 2018. Djokovic tried to stay upbeat, saying: "I have to congratulate Marin on a fantastic week. The first day I already feel that I adjusted to the surface, that I got familiar with it".

Wildcard Djokovic seemed agitated at times as Chardy, who has won 12 of 13 matches on grass over the past three weeks, proved a tricky opponent. "Obviously I didn't win too many big matches in the last 12 months", he said.

The BBC has been forced to make an awkward apology for a broadcast featuring old mate Nick Kyrgios, after catching him in what we'll go ahead and call a fairly compromising position at the Queen's Club Championships in London.

The second set was a procession as Djokovic overwhelmed Mannarino from the baseline with a series of searing winners.

A rampant Djokovic conceded just one point on his first serve during the second set and looked favourite to close out the contest in the ninth game but Cilic responded with a booming serve out wide to save match point. It's still the sport that I love with all my heart. Djokovic raced into a 4-1 lead in the breaker.

Despite soaring temperatures, neither player backed off in a tense deciding set, with Cilic finally earning the first break point opportunities in the eighth game.

The three-time Wimbledon champion wasted an early opportunity to break before Cilic saved a match point at 4-5 and then won six points from 4-1 down in the tiebreaker to level the match.

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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