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Queen’s 2018: Djokovic To Face Marin Cilic In Final

Former world number one Novak Djokovic reached his first final for a year by beating Jeremy Chardy at the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s.

The Serb, who was hampered by an elbow injury last year, won the semi-final against the Frenchman 7-6 (7-5) 6-4.

Djokovic looked skywards after sealing victory with a powerful forehand.

He will face top seed Marin Cilic in Sunday’s final at the grass-court event after the Croat kept his cool to beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6 (7-3) 7-6 (7-4).

Djokovic’s last appearance in a Tour final was at Eastbourne a year ago, where the 12-time Grand Slam champion went on to win the title.

He accepted a wildcard to this year’s Queen’s in an attempt to regain his best form before Wimbledon, which starts on 2 July.

The 31-year-old was playing in the tournament for the first time in 10 years, having lost to Rafael Nadal in the 2008 final.

Djokovic will fancy his chances of going one better against Cilic, with an impressive career record of 14 victories and just a solitary defeat against his fellow finalist.

“It was very pleasing to go through to the final,” Djokovic said. “It’s been a while since I’ve played for a title so it’s a special moment considering what I have been through.

“It’s a great occasion. I would lie if I say I wasn’t ambitious coming into the tournament so I am hoping I can go all the way.”

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