Djokovic still hungry for more after reaching major milestone

Ruben Holloway
June 25, 2018

"I know it's going to be very tough".

'I played well in the second set, I started to hit through.

The Serbian came through 7-5, 6-1 against his French opponent in what was another routine victory just a day after he brushed past Grigor Dimitrov.

The Djokovic serving, in particular, shone.

Former world number one Murray - now the British number two - has fallen to 156th in the world rankings, a similar situation to Wawrinka, who is 261st following knee surgery. He was serving more than 30 aces in a match and both of those matches were in two sets. It was clinical, efficient, impressive.

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Until he served for the match, two breaks to the good, 5-1, Djokovic showed no weakness at all, but then it became clear just how much he wanted this win.

"It was important match for me for various reasons".

Kyrgios continued his playful mood into the match and was spotted focusing more on games with his team in the stands than on his match with Cilic. I'm still kind of finding my form. This was a great test against one of the top players in the world who prefers this surface. "I'm just grateful I'm able to do something that I really love and can be successful in".

"I played great tennis, managed to win, managed to find a way to win, and feeling definitely very strong for coming weeks".

"Well, let's not get ahead of ourselves too early".

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"It's quite different playing him on grass". Gradually, though, Djokovic got his range, and began to dominate.

Cilic had looked imperious throughout his run to the final and made his move in the seventh game of the opening set. He went on to serve out the set, 7-5.

Cilic's 2012 Queen's Club triumph came in freaky circumstances as David Nalbandian was disqualified for injuring a line judge, but this time he finished in style, producing a nerveless service game to seal victory in just under three hours.

Djokovic, through to the semifinals for only the second time since last year's Eastbourne International, next meets France's Jeremy Chardy after he defeated American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4.

Cameras panned to the young Aussie in his players box moments before his semi-finals match against Croatia's Marin Cilic, and found him in a playful mood, joking around with an unseen person in the crowd and holding a water bottle in the vicinity of his crotch. But Djokovic grew in confidence, breaking back twice to take the set.

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