Marin Cilic to face Nick Kyrgios in Fever-Tree Championships semi-finals at Queen's Club
Novak Djokovic records 800th career win and will face Jeremy Chardy in other semi-final.
By Raz Mirza at Queen's Club
Last Updated: 22/06/18 7:13pm
Top-seed Marin Cilic will take on Nick Kyrgios for a place in the Fever-Tree Championships final at Queen's Club, after both won their respective quarter-final matches on Friday.
Cilic, winner of the prestigious event in 2012 and runner-up in 2013 and last year, marched past 2010 champion Sam Querrey 7-6 (7-3) 6-2 in 78 minutes to fire another warning to his Wimbledon rivals.
Kyrgios continued his impressive week at Queen's by dethroning 2017 champion Feliciano Lopez 7-6 (7-5) 7-6 (7-3).
Croatian big-hitter Cilic will be feeling confident ahead of Wimbledon and having buried Fernando Verdasco and Gilles Muller in a barrage of aces, the world No 6 inflicted similar punishment on fifth-seed Querrey.
Kyrgios blasted 32 aces for the second successive match as he ended Lopez's reign as Queen's champion with his latest astonishing display of big-serving.
The world No 21 now has a tournament-leading 82 aces in his three matches at Queen's this week.
Kyrgios, who defeated Cilic to win the Marseille title in 2016, says he expects his semi-final clash on Saturday to be "very tough".
"I know it's going to be very tough," said the 23-year-old. "Last time I played him was a while ago, Marseille final, but, yeah, it's going to be tough. He obviously feels very confident on the grass and and looked really, really good against Querrey."
A resurgent Novak Djokovic, looking for his first Queen's Club title, ended Frenchman Adrian Mannarino's run with a 7-5 6-1 victory to record a milestone 800th career win for the former world No 1.
"It's a milestone, and of course it's a great achievement," Djokovic said. "Every achievement is a great achievement. I should be happy for it and proud of it.
It's still the sport that I love with all my heart. I put in that heart every single day.
"When you work all your life for something and then you get rewards for it, of course it's obviously very positive and I'm thrilled. I'm grateful, as well, as I'm able to play so many matches and to win so many matches in my career.
"It's still the sport that I love with all my heart. I put in that heart every single day, and I'm just very glad to be able to play semi-finals here after Rome and Roland Garros tournaments that went pretty well for me."
The 12-time Grand Slam champion will face Jeremy Chardy in the last four after the Frenchman ended the hopes of American Frances Tiafoe 6-4 6-4.
Breaks at the start of both sets proved decisive as Chardy, who has won in Surbiton and reached the Libema Open final last week, saved all nine break points he faced.
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