"It's a tough loss for me".
Just over a fortnight ago, he was in such a state of distress after his quarter-final exit to Marco Cecchinato in Paris that he suggested - in the heat of the moment, admittedly - that he might not even play the grass-court season. "It came at the right time ahead of Wimbledon, the most prestigious tournament in the world, and I've had the fortune to win it three times". "He's playing well. He's starting to play better".
The deadlock in that was broken at 4-4 when, on a second deuce, Cilic used his enormous wingspan to hit a miraculous forehand victor down the line to set up a break point, which was converted when Djokovic netted a straightforward backhand. "I've waited six years to win again".
With momentum back on his side, Cilic looked comfortable in the west London sunshine as he grabbed the only break in the final set to claim his first title of the year.
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But it was the double fault midway through the match which Djokovic feels cost him so dearly.
Cilic can get nervous but served it out comfortably and will fancy his chances of another deep progression at Wimbledon. He had to scramble to save match point at 4-5 and, from that point on, grew in self-belief. The Serb returned superbly to force a match point but the Croatian fended it off with some big-serving. The fretfulness heightened, as Djokovic fought against fatigue and his opponent's increasingly potent forehand.
A late entry, Djokovic might nonetheless consider it a decent week on his first visit in eight years as he has still improved on his form of early Spring.
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However, the main celebrations took place at the Zaabeel Park as hundreds of yoga enthusiasts gathered at the main grounds at 7pm. June 21 is the longest day of the year in the Northern Hemisphere and thus has special significance in many parts of the world.
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For Cilic, who has won all four breakers this week, he will now hope to go one further at Wimbledon, having suffered defeat to Roger Federer in the final last time around. I played a lot of three-setters and a lot of tennis. "As expected a couple of points made the difference in the tiebreaks".
And despite being broken in the decider, Kvitova responded by breaking Rybarikova three more times to wrap up what ultimately proved to be a convincing win.
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The coach is known to be a master tactician and would also work well within the structure of the club's transfer policy.