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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.


Roland Garros Daily Preview: The Women’s Semifinals



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Are we just one round away from World No.1 Iga Swiatek facing World No.2 Aryna Sabalenka in a humungous women’s final?


On Thursday in Paris, Swiatek and Sabalenka are both favorites to win their semifinals.  But Beatriz Haddad Maia and Karolina Muchova both provide challenging styles of play, and their chances should not be overlooked.

Also, the mixed doubles championship match will be staged, featuring an inspiring redemption story, and the 2019 US Open women’s singles champion.

Karolina Muchova vs. Aryna Sabalenka (2) – Not Before 3:00pm on Court Philippe-Chatrier

Sabalenka is 34-5 this season, and is vying for her sixth final of the year, and her 13th consecutive win at a Major.  After losing her first three Slam semifinals, all by the score of 6-4 in the third, she broke through this past January in Melbourne with a straight-set victory over Magda Linette.  Aryna has claimed all 10 sets she’s played this fortnight.

Muchova is 22-7 on the year, and is into the second Major semifinal of her career.  She first achieved this feat two years ago at the Australian Open, when she lost a three-set semifinal to Jennifer Brady.  Karolina has dropped one set to this stage, and notably upset another Roland Garros semifinalist, Maria Sakkari, in the first round.

They’ve only played once before, four years ago on a hard court in Zhuhai, with Sabalenka prevailing in a tight two-setter.  Muchova’s variety is often quite effective in disrupting her opponents.  But based on the confidence Aryna has been playing with, her huge game makes her the favorite to reach a second consecutive Major final.

Iga Swiatek (1) vs. Beatriz Haddad Maia (14) – Last on Court Philippe Chatrier

Swiatek is 33-6 in 2023, and is looking for her fifth final of the season.  She is 17-2 on clay this year, and 26-2 lifetime at Roland Garros.  And Iga has been completely dominant this fortnight, losing only 17 games across nine sets.  She holds a 3-1 record in Major semifinals.

This is entirely new territory for Haddad Maia.  Prior to this tournament, she was 0-7 in the second round of Slams.  But she’s now 22-11 this year, after winning four consecutive three-setters at this event, and upsetting Ons Jabeur on Wednesday.

Beatriz is actually 1-0 against Iga, having defeated her 7-5 in the third last summer in Toronto.  She utilizes her lefty-ness well, and was intelligently aggressive during pivotal times of her match against Jabeur.  But on this surface, and in a match of this magnitude, Swiatek is a considerable favorite to reach her third Roland Garros final.

Other Notable Matches on Thursday:

Miyu Kato and Tim Puetz vs. Bianca Andreescu and Michael Venus – Kato was defaulted from the women’s doubles draw after hitting a ball girl with a ball, but has owned that error and earned a lot of goodwill in the process.  This is a first Major final in any discipline for Kati and Puetz, while Venus won the men’s doubles title at this event six years ago, and Andreescu’s resume is well-documented.

Thursday’s full Order of Play is here.

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Ons Jabeur Admits Rushing Back From Injury After Roland Garros Exit

Ons Jabeur has admitted she rushed back from injury just to play Roland Garros as she exited the tournament in the quarter-finals.



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Ons Jabeur admitted to rushing back from injury during the clay court season after exiting Roland Garros.


The Tunisian is out of the second Grand Slam of the season after a three set defeat to Beatriz Haddad Maia.

Jabeur had control of the majority of the first two sets but a third set capitulation saw her clay court season end in disappointing fashion.

After the match Jabeur admitted it was disappointing to lose but is proud of her tournament in Paris, “We always want to do better, unless we win the title, you know,” Jabeur said in her post-match press conference.

“Yeah, I mean, I think it is a great tournament. I honestly wasn’t expecting to be in the quarterfinals. Especially this is kind of my first tournament after being injured.

“I think it was good. I was trying to push myself until the end, but I think pretty satisfied with the results. You always want to push for more, but I mean hopefully next time will be better, and no more quarterfinal here at the French Open.”

Despite the result Jabeur can be proud of her efforts as she looks to build on a positive week and a half in Paris ahead of the grass court season.

Jabeur also commented on her physical state after a gruelling tournament in Paris.

The Tunisian said nothing is hurting but admitted she wanted to rush back from her injury in order to be back for Roland Garros, “Yeah, thank God, there is nothing hurting. I didn’t have much time to prepare for especially clay season because it’s more physical than any other surface,” Jabeur admitted.

“I’m feeling okay. I think I rushed my way back on tour, but that’s because I wanted to be ready for the French Open. You know, like all the training and the physical training, maybe I didn’t have enough time to prepare for that, but I did my maximum. I did what I could do in a short time period.

“But, yeah, she probably played longer than me, but she’s a beast, and I wish her all the best. I mean, honestly, what she’s doing for — I feel like my story and her story are a little bit similar. I’m very happy for her and for Brazil, and hopefully she can do much more for her country.

“But, yeah, for me now I’m going to try to rest a little bit and be ready, but I’m good for now.”

Jabeur will look to be physically fit ready for the grass court season where she looks to defend her performance from last year where she reached the final.

The Tunisian outlined her grass court season towards the end of the press conference and admitted she’s hoping to play doubles with Venus Williams having played with Serena Williams last year, “Yeah, for now I think I’m going to have the same schedule. Berlin, Eastbourne,” Jabeur said.

“Maybe Venus wants to play doubles there. I’m not sure. She didn’t ask me yet. Then Wimbledon. Just trying to play as much matches as I can. To be honest with you, I want to enjoy playing on grass because I do enjoy a lot. I have my brother’s wedding before, so I’m going to party for a bit and just be ready.

“I’m hoping to go and get the title really in Wimbledon. I’m dreaming about it. It’s something that I always wanted. Last year was unfortunate because I was very close. When I put something in my mind, I know I can do it, so it’s definitely here.”

Jabeur will look to achieve her dream when Wimbledon takes place on the 3rd of July.

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Iga Swiatek Downs Gauff To Set Haddad Maia Semi-Final At Roland Garros

Iga Swiatek reaches her third Roland Garros semi-final with a straight sets win over Coco Gauff.



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World number one Iga Swiatek is into the semi-finals at Roland Garros for a third time after defeating Coco Gauff 6-4 6-2.


The Pole extended her head-to-head over the American to 7-0 and 14-0 in sets as her title defence will continue into the final four.

It was a valiant effort by the American but ultimately fell short of reaching the semi-finals for a second consecutive year.

Next for Swiatek is Brazilian Beatriz Haddad Maia, who defeated Ons Jabeur in the quarter-finals.

It was a positive start from Gauff as she played aggressive, smart tennis from the beginning to test Swiatek from the baseline.

However the Pole edged to a couple of service holds and would break to love in the fourth game to take a 3-1 lead as her returning quality showed.

Gauff provided an immediate response in the next game to break back as she tested Swiatek’s rally tolerance and tested the Pole’s defensive rustiness.

The American was holding onto her service games despite producing below 40% of her first serves.

Swiatek continued to find big points in pressure moments as Gauff was producing some big shots on pressure points.

In the end the Pole’s returning presence and quality showed as she broke for the set with Gauff producing a number of errors.

There was a slight moment of hope for the American at the start of the second set as she overcame the poor end to the first set with some effective point construction.

Last year’s finalist set up three break points but made some fairly erratic errors as any hopes of a comeback were snuffed out.

Swiatek remained aggressive, proactive and produced world-class depth to take advantage of Gauff’s error-prone game.

The Pole’s level of play intensified and improved as she sealed too late breaks of serve in impressive fashion as she claimed victory in 90 minutes.

Speaking after the match Swiatek said the match wasn’t easy but was happy to get through, “For sure, it wasn’t easy – the first set, especially, was really tight and Coco was really using the conditions here,” Swiatek was quoted by the BBC as saying.

“I’m pretty happy I was able to work on it and win this match because quarter-finals are sometimes the toughest matches. Even though Coco is young, she is experienced so I’m pretty happy to be in the semi-final.

“We play many tournaments in the year where we have to play day after day but I’m pretty fresh because, as you saw in previous matches. I didn’t really spend too much time on court so I’m actually happy today was a tighter match.

“I will be ready no matter what and not having a day off was something that I knew since the beginning of the tournament so I am ready for this situation.”

Another tough loss for Gauff to take as Swiatek seals her place in the semi-finals in Paris for a third time.

Next for Swiatek will be Beatriz Haddad Maia tomorrow.

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