Cilic beats Muller in 3 sets, reaches Queen's final

  • Cilic beats Muller in 3 sets, reaches Queen's final

Cilic beats Muller in 3 sets, reaches Queen's final

London [U.K], June 25: Fourth-seed Marin Cilic of Croatia and Spain's Feliciano Lopez will take on each other in Aegon Championships's finals here at the Queen's Club on Sunday.

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. Muller saved two set points in the second set to defeat 2010 champion Sam Querrey of the United States, 6-4, 7-6 (5) in 81 minutes.

Blood was spilt on the grass of the Queen's Club the last time the habitually peaceful but nevertheless aggressively powerful Marin Cilic hoisted the oversized Aegon Championships trophy.

An agitated Cilic held on for another tie-break and this time it was neck and neck, Lopez whipping away a winning forehand off one foot for a 5-4 lead only for Cilic to pat a passing shot inside the baseline for 5-5.

Dimitrov advances to face Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who saved a match point en route to recording a 7-6 (5), 6-7 (1), 7-5 victory over seventh-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic.

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 was playing really, really good throughout all the match. Cilic has been broken just once this tournament and has provided just two break chances overall. Probably this is the Wimbledon that I feel more confident going into it.

Lopez was able to capitalise on a series of Dimitrov errors in the 11 game of the first set to break before holding serve easily.

Cilic, the world number eight, is aiming to become the first man since Pete Sampras in 1995 to win both singles and doubles title at Queen's.

"It was tough to put that match (against Dimitrov) away from my mind". That's another plus. So overall, I'm feeling really satisfied and I think I need just now a few days to recover mentally.

Cilic hopes to win his second title of the season and his 18th for his career.

It proved to be a momentary lapse, as Cilic regained control and converted his second match point when he fired down a second-serve ace.

"I'm really happy I was able to go one step further".

"Wow, I can not believe I have finally won this trophy", Lopez said.