Feliciano Lopez Prevails over Marin Cilic in Aegon Championships 2017 Final
- Author: Arturo Norris Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 7:47
Earlier Cilic, who dropped a set for the first time in the week, wrapped up the opening set quickly and had he converted break points in the third or seventh games of the second set he would have maintained his unblemished record into the final.
The 28-year-old progressed to the final after beating Gilles Muller 6-3, 5-7, 6-4 in a hard-fought match.
His blistering serve had been virtually unplayable over the last week and, in four matches en route to the final, he was broken just once.
Lopez capitalised on a run of Dimitrov errors at 5-5 in the first set to break before holding serve easily. "I can't believe that I finally won it, I've been waiting for 15 or 16 years to hold this trophy", an emotional Lopez, three times a Wimbledon quarter-finalist, said on court.
Cilic saved it with another ace for 7-7 but a forehand wide gave Lopez a second match point, this time on serve. He came through his next match against the American player, Stefan Kovlov easily, bagelling the young American in the first set.
"I think also Feli is playing with good confidence, he played last week in the final (in Stuttgart), so for me it is still extremely important to keep up with my good tennis and keep myself on the track".
"At a tournament like this, we have so many great grass-court players", Cilic said of the slew of upsets so far. "I have been waiting for so long.to be here holding this trophy", he told BBC Sport. "I'm not necessarily feeling great (on court) yet". "I played him here past year and had a match point".
The Spaniard, long a threat on grass and a two-time Eastbourne victor as well as a three-time Wimbledon quarterfinalist, has been on the other side of the emotional spectrum at Queen's before.
However, he made the decisive move midway through the final set with a fizzing return at Muller's toes to edge 4-3 ahead and served his way to victory.