Cilic beats Muller in 3 sets, reaches Queen's final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 25, 2017,
Jun 25, 2017, 23:38
That was suspended near the end of the second set, with Cilic and Marcin Matkowski leading 6-1, 3-5 against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares.
The singles final at 14:00 BST will be followed by the conclusion of the doubles semi-final, and then the doubles final.
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.
For comparison, Andy Murray's early exit means he has played two competitive grass-court sets ahead of the third grand slam of the year while Lopez, having reached the final in Stuttgart last week, has 27. "It wasn't easy to play my game, but I had the right approach", Dimitrov said.
He earned one chance to break his opponent's serve in the first, and he took it. Lopez failed to break with his opportunity.
"I played really well throughout and Gilles was pushing me to the limits".
Querrey, ranked 28th, has impressive pedigree on grass after lifting the Queen's trophy in 2010 and memorably shocking Novak Djokovic at Wimbledon a year ago. The most recent match was in this year's French Open, a match Cilic won in straight sets.
Lopez, possibly feeling the effects of a long match against Czech seventh seed Tomas Berdych the previous evening, was under pressure as his first-serve percentage slipped to 51%.
"You can imagine how important it is for me to be in the final of Queen's at this stage of my career", said the 35-year-old Lopez.
In the victory, Cilic won 91 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points.
It was a frustrating defeat for former US Open champion Cilic, who came agonisingly close to adding a second Queen's title to the one he won in 2012.
"I'm so happy to be in the final here at one of the most special tournaments for me", said Lopez, the world number 32.
A rasping backhand victor helped Dimitrov break and he rattled through three of four games to level at one set all.
Two service games later and Cilic was celebrating his progression, converting the second match point to reach Sunday's showpiece.
Cilic was broken only once all week at Queen's but hard-hitting Lopez - now the oldest victor of this tournament in the Open era - saw him off in two tiebreaks. "I served extremely good today".