Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates breaking the serve of Serbia's Novak Djokovic during the final tennis match at the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Sunday, June 24, 2018. (AP Photo/Tim Ireland)

Cilic saves match point v Djokovic to win Queen's Club final

June 24, 2018 - 1:03 pm

LONDON (AP) — Marin Cilic saved a match point on his way to defeating Novak Djokovic 5-7, 7-6 (4), 6-3 on Sunday as he claimed a second Queen's Club title.

The top-seeded Croat first won the Wimbledon warmup event in 2012, but was the runner-up in 2013 and also lost to Feliciano Lopez in last year's final.

Having saved six break points, Djokovic struck with the first chance of his own to clinch a draining 67-minute first set, before a reversal of fortunes in the second.

The 12-time Grand Slam 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.

Cilic produced a stunning forehand passing shot on his way to breaking for a 5-3 lead in the decider and then delivered a nerveless service game to close out the match in just under three hours.

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