ATP Queen's: Novak Djokovic marches on. Kyrgios dethrones Lopez in thriller

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ATP Queen's: Novak Djokovic marches on. Kyrgios dethrones Lopez in thriller

A day after he scored his first win over a Top 5 rival since Doha 2017, 2008 Queen's finalist Novak Djokovic is through to the semi-final following another solid win over Adrian Mannarino, ousting the Frenchman 7-5 6-1 in an hour and 19 minutes for his 17th win of the season and the 11th in the last three tournaments.

In addition, Djokovic has become the 10th player in the Open era with 800 ATP wins, just one shy of Stefan Edberg who stands on 801. This was their third meeting, all on grass, and Novak is yet to lose a set against Adrian, although he was 4-2 down in the opening set before raising his level to dominate in the rest of the match and punch a semi-final ticket, his second of the season after Rome.

The Serb lost just 15 points in 10 service games, playing well behind his first serve and facing only two break points, suffering that one break that gave Mannarino the lead in the opener. On the other hand, Adrian lost almost 50% of the points in his games and he had to play against 13 break points, losing serve four times to end on the losing side, winning just two out of the last 13 games.

Adrian grabbed the break in the third game and he saved two break points at 3-2 to stay in front. From 40-15 down in the eight game, Novak managed to stay in contention and create four break chances, breaking back on the last one to level the score at 4-4 and gaining the momentum.

He held with easy in games nine and 11 and earned another break at 15 in game 12 to steal the opener 7-5. Djokovic jumped into a 3-1 lead in the second set after converting the fourth break point in game four, and he grabbed another break at 4-1 to move closer to the finish line.

Serving for the win at 5-1, Novak saved a break point and he closed the match with an ace, happy with the way he performed and the form he has shown so far this week. Quarter-final results:


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