Marin Cilic through to quarterfinals at Queen's

Rufina Vignone
Giugno 26, 2017

Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez battled back to defeat Marin Cilic and secure his maiden Aegon Championships title at Queen's Club on Sunday.

"In these last two, three months, I've been feeling great on the court and I would say consistency-wise maybe it's the best ever for me".

Two years ago, Jonas Bjorkman was part of the Andy Murray coaching team.

It was Lopez's sixth career title and third on grass.

"I feel that on grass I'm always taking the good choice on important moments like I did on break points today".

'I was playing really, really good throughout all the match'.

In the final, it will be another big-serving lefty in Feliciano Lopez.

What a wonderful performance from Lopez and what a final we have against Cilic.

The unseeded Spaniard will next take on fourth-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic - a 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 victor, earlier in the day over Luxembourg's Gilles Muller - in Sunday's final of this grass-court event, which is known as the Aegon Championships for sponsorship reasons, Efe news reported.

Cilic kept Young under constant pressure, forcing the American to save 10 of 12 break points.

"It's just unbelievable to get to the final", said Cilic who won the title in 2012 and finished runner-up in 2013.

"I'm going to play in the semifinals here for the first time tomorrow", Muller said.

Lopez was comfortably the better player in the decider, though, as he moved through to the final.

With Medvedev suffering a shoulder injury during the pre-match warm-up and needing lengthy treatment before he could start playing, it was no surprise Dimitrov won the first set after sprinting into a 5-0 lead.

Kokkinakis, the world number 698, became the lowest ranked player to beat a top-six opponent since 1994 when he shocked former Wimbledon finalist Raonic in the first round. For me, it's so special to be in the final.

Cilic seeks an 18th title while Lopez bids for a 6th.

Lopez cracked at 4-5, firing a forehand wide on break point to hand Cilic the first set.

Cilic - the 2012 champion and 2013 runner-up - was supreme on his own serve throughout the match, dropping just four points on his first serve and firing down an impressive 20 aces. "I have to keep it up with my level, with the way I'm playing, and wait for my chances".

Lopez erased the match point on his serve at 4-5 in the deciding set and scored the lone break of the contest in the following game before advancing in two hours and 27 minutes.

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