"I feel that when I raise my level of the serving, I'm the one who can even take control of the match".
"It's a milestone, and of course it's a great achievement", he said to media.
Cilic's 2012 Queen's Club triumph came in freakish circumstances as David Nalbandian was disqualified for injuring a line judge, but this time he finished in style, producing a nerveless service game to seal victory in just under three hours.
"I will play as long as I feel like playing and as long as I have support from up there and from down here".
It was a particularly satisfying win for last year's Wimbledon finalist who had also held match point in the 2017 Queen's final before being edged out by Feliciano Lopez. Hopefully I can have many more years, because I truly enjoy playing this sport.
"I'm just very excited to be able to win in straight sets against very good players. Today I just didn't have any chances to break at all".
"I'm sure there is going to be a lot of texting, private texting and social media texting between all of us tonight", Djokovic said.
Was this rare inefficiency the result of the 51-week drought since Djokovic's last title (which came at Eastbourne last year)?
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To be the best player in the world you have to aim high - you can not aim low - so just put no limits on yourself. It is down to myself to put it right, and there is no better way to start with a win and a couple of goals.
The win was the Croatian's 18th ATP title and just his second win against Djokovic in 16 matches.
Despite soaring temperatures, neither player backed off in a tense deciding set, with Cilic finally earning the first break point opportunities in the eighth game.
The Croat fought back to win the Fever-Tree Championships 5-7 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 in the longest final in the tournament's history.
Rybarikova twice broke the Kvitova serve in the opening set and looked a strong candidate to claim the fifth WTA tour title of her career.
"I think the key will be obviously try to return well, because that's his biggest weapon, his serve".
Chardy, it should be said, arrived at Queen's with one of the best records on grass this year so far, now 12/13 matches through three weeks, winning the Surbiton Challenger, and making the final in s-Hertogenbosch.
A wobbly start against Mannarino could have squandered the momentum from those wins and Djokovic shrieked in frustration when a wayward forehand gifted the world number 26 a break in the 3rd game of the first set.