Cilic targets grass-court double after winning Queen's Club

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The 31-year-old served brilliantly throughout what ultimately proved to be the final set, and forced Cilic to save championship point on his way to holding for 5-5. "I have to keep my expectation very low, considering my results in the last 12 months".

Cilic had looked imperious throughout his run to the final and made his move in the seventh game of the opening set.

Cilic, who had missed six break point chances in the first, saved two set points - the second courtesy of a Hawkeye overrule on a forehand that clipped the line - but the 12-time Grand Slam champion kept pushing and eventually converted.

"It's a tough loss for me".

"I played a lot of three-setters and a lot of tennis".

Djokovic should not be discounted at Wimbledon, though, especially in light of Federer's first defeat on grass in 21 matches at Halle on Sunday - missing out on his 99th career title by losing 7-6 (6), 3-6, 6-2 against Croatia's Borna Coric in the Gerry Weber Open final - and the struggles of his long-time peers Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and, on grass at least, Rafael Nadal.

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"Even when you come back on the tour, you need to still be patient, because it's not going to come back like that and you're going to be the same player as one year before", said Wawrinka.

While Kyrgios will be frustrated, his level during the week augurs well for his Wimbledon prospects. "And obviously trying to get as many free points on my own serve [as I can]", Djokovic said.

And then, with Cilic serving to send it to a tiebreak, Djokovic raised his returning game and broke, with the Croatian dumping a forehand into the net.

It was a particularly satisfying win for last year's Wimbledon finalist who had also held match point in the 2017 Queen's final before being edged out by Feliciano Lopez.

Like the world No 8 Kvitova, Rybarikova has fine grass-court pedigree, having reached last year's Wimbledon semi-finals, and it showed in the opener as she seized the advantage.

World No.6 Cilic did not offer up one break point opportunity in their one hour and 25 minute meeting.

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