Djokovic joins elite 800-win club with Queen's masterclass

Marcus Newton
June 25, 2018

Djokovic is only the 10th man in the professional era to reach 800 match wins, and while Jimmy Connors' 1,256 - not to mention Roger Federer's still-growing 1,156 - is still a long way off, those who were beginning to write off the former world No. 1 and dominant force might need a rethink.

It was a cathartic moment for Cilic who had finished as the runner-up at Queen's and Wimbledon previous year. But over the years, I have been forced to learn how to play on it, and winning Wimbledon several times just built that confidence of being on the grass, and I love it now.

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 a year ago.

Kyrgios had entertained the crowds during his run to the Fever-Tree Championships semi-final as he beat Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund.

Novak Djokovic has endured a dramatic slump in fortunes since lifting his 12th grand slam title at Roland Garros just over two years ago. "The first day I already feel that I adjusted to the surface, that I got familiar with it". I have plenty of time to make a couple more wins. "I don't care", he said.

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

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He broke in the fourth game, broke again in the sixth, and despite a glimmer of a chance in seventh game, Mannarino's only break point of the set, Djokovic slammed the door after an hour and 19 minutes, 6-1. "You know, if those things go like that every single time, that would be great".

Djokovic is a lowly 22nd in the ATP rankings after an embarrassing French Open quarter-final defeat against Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato earlier this month.

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

The broadcast cameras filmed Kyrgios at the start of his match taking his final break before the first service game enjoying a very private moment with someone in his players box - for which he was fined 15,000 Euro ($17,500).

Despite missing out on a set point at 5-4, last year's Wimbledon finalist was too strong in the first-set tiebreaker and went on to win nine points in a row to secure the second set and the match.

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