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By The Numbers: Novak Djokovic Seeks First Title Of 2018 Against Cilic In Queen’s

The figures behind today’s final at The Queen’s Club.



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LONDON: Sunday will see former world No.1 Novak Djokovic lock horns with top seed Marin Cilic in the final of the Fever-Tree Championships.


Djokovic, who will be playing in his first final at the tournament since 2008, has a one-sided winning record against the Croat. Dropping just five sets against him in their 15 previous meetings. He progressed to the final of the tournament without dropping a set. Scoring wins over John Millman, Grigor Dimitrov, Adrian Mannarino and Jeremy Chardy. The run continues Djokovic’s upward surge on the tour. Prior to Queen’s, he reached the semifinals of the Italian Masters and the quarter-finals of the French Open. Elevating his win-loss record for the year to 18-8.

“It’s quite different playing him on grass. We have played at Wimbledon, but he’s a different player, I think.” Djokovic said about facing Cilic.
“In last couple of years he’s been in the form of his life and reaching his highest ranking in his career. Reaching the finals of Wimbledon and the Australian Open.
“He’s probably been playing the best that he’s ever played. Grass court suits him very well. Big serve. Just big game overall.”

Former US Open champion Cilic is looking to spoil Djokovic’s party. Currently ranked three places below his career high at sixth in the world, his route to the final has been more challenging. Battling past Fernando Verdasco, Gilles Muller, Sam Querrey and Nick Kyrgios. Muller was the only one of those players to get a set off him. It is his second consecutive final at Queen’s and his third consecutive on the grass overall.

“I think on grass he has been returning great throughout the week, and that’s one of his biggest weapons.” Cilic commented about Djokovic. “Obviously of course it depends all on him and how he feels on the court, if he feels that he’s at 100% physically, because of the elbow, things like that.
“But what he’s showing and what I’m seeing from the sidelines, he’s playing better and better, which is great to see.”

With a lot at stake for both players, here are some key numbers ahead of their final at The Queen’s Club.


1 – The Croat has taken on the former world No.1 on 15 previous occasions, but was only successful once. That occurred when the two last clashed at the 2016 Paris Masters. He is 0-2 on the grass against Djokovic. Losing in five sets at the 2014 Wimbledon championships followed by straight sets at the same tournament a year later.

2 – Cilic is gunning for his second title at The Queen’s Club and his first since 2012. This year is his fourth appearance in the final of the tournament. He was also runner-up to Andy Murray in 2013 and Feliciano Lopez in 2017.

2 – It is the second final of the season for the 29-year-old. His first was at the Australian Open when he lost to Roger Federer. Should Cilic win, it would be his first trophy on the tour since the 2017 Istanbul Open.

45 – Cilic has won 45 out of 46 service games throughout this year’s tournament at Queen’s. He has won 90% of first service and 64% of second service points. A slight improvement on Djokovic’s 86% and 63%.


11 – Djokovic will play in his first tour final since starting his comeback from an elbow injury in January. The last time he contested a tour final was when he defeated Gael Monfils at the Eastbourne International almost 11 months ago.

36 – The world No.22 has been just as impressive as Cilic on his serve. In total he has won 36 out of 37 service games this week. Has has also achieved a higher first serve in percentage than his rival with 68% (135/200). Cilic’s is 65% (161/248).

99 – Djokovic will play in his 99th tour final and his seventh on the grass. In the Open Era only two players have contested more finals that Djokovic on the ATP World Tour. Rafael Nadal has featured in 115 and Roger Federer in 149.

801 – Number of tour wins Djokovic has. Earlier in the tournament he became only the 10th man in the Open Era to score 800 wins on the tour. Another victory today would move him ahead of Stefan Edberg to ninth on the all-time list of most matches won.

How the two have performed so far this week

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The Queen’s final is scheduled to get underway at 14:30 GMT on Sunday.


Robin Soderling: “People always remember when I beat Nadal at Roland Garros. It was a great feeling”



Former Swedish player Robin Soderling remembered the worst period of his life during an interview with Behind the Raquet website. Soderling was diagnosed with mononucleosis, an illness that forced him to miss the US Open at the last minute. He decided to take more time out of tennis and withdrew for the rest of the season and from the 2012 Australian Open.


Soderling has not played a tour level match since he won the 2011 Swedish Open in July 2011. He was at the peak of his career and was ranked world number 5 at the time. At the age of 26 he was ranked inside the top 5 for more than 50 consecutive weeks.

Soderling spoke to Noah Rubin for Behind the Raquet telling how he lived through this period and how hard was to go from beating Nadal at Roland Garros to the difficult times, when he was not able to get out of bed.

“It was extremely difficult to make the decision to retire. I played my last match when I was 27 years old. In my head I had many more years left in tennis. I was at the peak of my tennis career when I got sick with mononucleosis, which was around two years before I retired. For a long time before I was diagnosed I was stressed, tired and rundown. Through this all I kept playing, I became sick all the time because my immune system was weak, but I kept pushing. Deep down in my mind I knew something was wrong. Even though I was playing well, it was all up and down, until I got mononucleosis. I feel like the combination of my bad immune system and seriously overtraining affected me. Doctors said I first got it in Indian Wells in 2011. It was not too bad at the beginning but got worse after my last tournament in Bastad. I did not leave my house for six months. After about a year I would begin to feel better. I would train a little, up the intensity, and then the symptoms would come back. I would get so tired and the fever would come back. When I made the decision I could finally accept it and figure out how to live my life again. It was a weird feeling during my first six months after my career because I did not care about tennis. Later, I started to watch tennis on TV and saw the players I was playing against then. I started to want to be on the track again, competing. After so long, It already felt like too much time had passed to come back and did not have the energy to do it either. There are times when I blame myself, when I wish I could take a step back and not take things so seriously. I lived in that bubble where everything was tennis. Now I see it only as a sport. My problem was that I did not have that on/off button. I could not change my mindset between games, practice sessions, and time off the track. There are no times out of season in tennis. It is a sport that does not allow you to disconnect and even on vacation you have to take care of your body”.

Soderling played the best match of his career on 31 May 2009, when he upset the “King of Clay” Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros 2009. Only Novak Djokovic managed to repeat this feat in 2015.

“People always remember when I beat Nadal at Roland Garros 2009. It was a great feeling. I don’t think anyone in the world expected me to win that match. It was strange, because right after the match, I realized it wasn’t the final. I wanted to be focused because if you relax, you easily lose a match. People always bring up when I beat Rafael Nadal at the 2009 French Open. I did not want to be that guy to beat Rafa but then lose in the finals. I just wanted to stay focused because if you relax even a little bit you lose a match, like a Grand Slam final, easily. At the time I did not realize how big of an accomplishment it was. I remember getting back to the locker room and having about 350 text messages. It kind of started to hit me that this was a big thing. I appreciate all the support I got that day and still get for winning that match but the bigger story is Nadal. We will never see someone winning 12 Roland Garros titles again”.

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Mats Wilander: “Novak Djokovic is the biggest loser during the interruption due to the coronavirus pandemic”



Former Swedish tennis legend Mats Wilander talked about the consequences of the coronavirus on tennis during an interview to the French sports newspaper L’Equipe. Wilander recognized who are the possible winners and losers of the coronavirus pandemic that is plaguing the entire world.


Wilander said that Novak Djokovic is the biggest loser in the interruption. The 17-time Grand Slam champion won the first edition of the ATP Cup, his eighth title at the Australian Open against Dominic Thiem and the ATP 500 title in Dubai beating Stefanos Tsitsipas.

“It’s a shame that is everything in the world and also in tennis. I miss live tennis. It would have been the most important period of the season with Indian Wells, Miami, Rome, Roland Garros and Wimbledon. We are missing the best period of the season. It’s terrible for all tennis fans. Players may have the chance to train, but the biggest challenge is to find the motivation, because they don’t know exactly what they are training for. It’s like the 2018 Wimbledon semifinal between Anderson and Isner. We don’t know when this situation will end”.

The season has been suspended until 13th July and there is a big question mark over the planned resumption next summer. Even top 10 players cannot train on the tennis court, because there are exit restrictions in large parts of the world.

“Djokovic had not lost a game this season and only the coronavirus has been able to curb his momentum. The Serb is the biggest loser during the interruption. I think that other possibly affected players have also been the most outstanding tennis players of the Next Gen, since they were facing a great opportunity to approach the big three and be able to fight them in some Grand Slam. I was confident that the young promises were going to have a great year. I thought 2020 was going to be the year of the youth. They have progressed a lot in training and tennis players like Shapovalov, Tsitsipas and Auger Aliassime will grow playing the maximum number of matches. When you are young, training does not interest you much. All you want is to spend almost four hours on a tennis court and fight for victories against better tennis players than you”.

 Wilander thinks that few tennis players are the beneficiaries of the long break.

“I think the only players who can take positive things out of this situation are those who ended up injured after the Australian Open. When all this returns to normal, everyone will start from scratch, but right now it is impossible to know when it will be. Many players are preparing physically at home to not lose their physical shape, but they know that it is very difficult for them to play again this season. The most complicated thing is to stay motivated”.

Fans will miss the opportunity to see Roger Federer and Serena Williams, who are near the end of their careers. After the cancellation of the grass season, Federer announced that he will play in Halle and Wimbledon in 2021, but it remains to be seen how many months the Swiss Maestro will be able to play in these uncertain times.

“Many people will think that young players have been the most affected because they lose the opportunity to play against the best players on the circuit, but I have another theory. Fans are also the losers. The pandemic has caused us to miss the opportunity to see Federer and Williams on the track since for them time is not their friend, knowing that they are almost at the end of the careers.”

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Stefanos Tsitsipas: “I will miss Wimbledon and I can’t wait to 2021”



Stefanos Tsitsipas said that the Wimbledon cancellation news was just an April fool after organizers of the famous British tournament called off their Grand Slam event due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic and public health concerns.


Tsitsipas made his debut at Wimbledon in 2017 and reached the fourth round in 2018. He lost to Stefano Travaglia in the opening round at Wimbledon last year, but he bounced back winning the ATP Finals in London.

This year Tsitsipas won the Marseille title for the second consecutive year and lost the Dubai final against Novak Djokovic in Dubai. He lost to Milos Raonic in the third round at the Australian Open. At the inaugural edition of the ATP Cup in Australia he beat Alexander Zverev and lost to Denis Shapovalov and Nick Kyrgios.

Tsitsipas was the first Greek player to break into the top 5 and the first player from his country to reach a Grand Slam semifinal at the Australian Open in 2019. Last year he scored the biggest win of his career against Novak Djokovic in Shanghai and won three titles in Marseille and Estoril. He finished runner-up to Roger Federer in Dubai and to Dominic Thiem in Beijing.

“I went to bed thinking this was all a bad April fools joke but I woke up today to find that Wimbledon is actually cancelled. I will miss this special event and I can’t wait to 2021. Stay home. Stay sane”, wrote Tsitsipas in a Twitter post.

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