Lopez beats Cilic in nail-biting Queen's Club final

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 26, 2017

He will meet Feliciano Lopez in the final after the Spaniard's remarkable week continued with a 7-5 3-6 6-2 victory over another former champion in Grigor Dimitrov.

The powerful Croatian will play for a spot in the west London final against Gilles Muller, who eliminated Sam Querrey of the USA 6-4 7-6 (7-5).

Cilic had to wait following a one-hour change to the original start time against Muller, with the later weather problems meaning his doubles semi-final with Marcin Matkowski against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares was moved onto Court One, only to then also be held over until Sunday.

The Spaniard fought back from a set down to win 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (10-8) to beat the 2012 champion and etch his name into the history books at the Aegon Championships after more than two-and-a-half hours action.

Former England soccer player David Beckham takes a selfie with his son as they watch the match between Sam Querrey of the United States and Jordan Thompson of Australia during day four of the Queen's Club tennis tournament in London, Thursday, June 22, 2017.

Croatia's Marin Cilic celebrates during his quarter final match against USA's Donald Young.

Lopez, 35, led by a set at that stage and went on to gain some measure of revenge for his heartbreaking defeat by Dimitrov in the 2014 final by seeing out a three-set win. "To win here, to play Wimbledon in a week, is a great feeling".

"I'm being a little bit more motivated, and that is driving me a little bit more to be aggressive on the court, which is extremely important in my own sense", Cilic said. For me, it's so special to be in the final.

"I thought that at the end of the tiebreak after losing match points I wouldn't make it but I managed to do it".

Cilic, 28, proved the better returner as he saw off 34-year-old Muller in a battle of the big servers to reach his third Queen's Club final.

"I was never top 30 before in my life, and now this year for the first time I have a "2" in front of my ranking".

Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez will contest Sunday's final of the Aegon Championships at Queen's.

"I'm playing really well this week".

Dimitrov levelled things up after saving a break point early on in following set before taking Lopez's serve in the eighth game and then holding on to his serve. "I was serving for the match again, it was so hard to handle my nerves".

"I think the first set was the best I've played all week". "I have to keep it up with my level, with the way I'm playing, and wait for my chances". "It's the best week of my career - to win this tournament at this stage of my career, it's so awesome".

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