Novak Djokovic still hungry for more after reaching major milestone

Elena Summers
June 25, 2018

Once the post-match frustration has dissipated, Djokovic can feel more than satisfied with his four wins at the Fever-Tree Championships, including a 6-4, 6-1 thrashing of second seed Grigor Dimitrov that represented his first victory over a top-five opponent in nearly 18 months.

The world No. 22 never looked back after dropping serve in the third game, breaking to avoid a first-set tie-break and then reeling off five games in a row in the second as he continues to build ominous momentum in the run-up to Wimbledon.

Djokovic is only the 10th man in the professional era to reach 800 match wins, and while Jimmy Connors's 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 number one and dominant force may need a rethink.

If Djokovic wins the semi-final and goes onto take the Queen's title for the first time, he will pass Stefan Edberg into ninth place on the all-time wins list. It's still the sport that I love with all my heart.

Nick Kyrgios' on court antics have forced the BBC into an on air apology during the Queens Club Championships.

The Frenchman made several errors in the tiebreak though and was broken at 4-4 in the second - the only break of serve in the day's two semi-finals - before Djokovic sealed the win.

Kyrgios lost the match 7-6 7-6 to Cilic, who goes on to face Novak Djokovic in the tournament final. Obviously we dropped in the rankings, but Andy played really well against Nick here first round.

Wildcard Djokovic seemed agitated at times as Chardy, who has won 12 of 13 matches on grass over the past three weeks, proved a tricky opponent.

"I just enjoy the way I'm playing, enjoy to win. So in a way it doesn't surprise me because I know what I'm capable of", Djokovic said, adding that he has the memory of his past success "in my sort of folder". And as soon as Dimitrov showed any weakness, two double faults when serving to save the set, Djokovic pounced.

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.

An embarrassing French Open quarter-final defeat against Italian journeyman Marco Cecchinato extended his wretched run in 2018.

I haven't had too many of those, you know, last 15 months.

The three-time Wimbledon 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.

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