Lopez saves match point, beats Cilic in Queen's final
Jun 26 2017
Spain's Feliciano Lopez celebrates winning his match against Czech Republic's Tomas Berdych on day five of the Queen's Clubtennis tournament in London, Friday June 23, 2017.
Clic, who won the Queen's Club Championship in 2012, will play the victor of the another semifinal between Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov and Spain's Feliciano Lopez in the final. "I was playing really, really good throughout and Gilles was pushing me to the limit".
World number seven Cilic is chasing a second title this year, and 18th in total, following his success in Istanbul last month.
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.
Cilic recovered from having his serve broken for the first time in four matches this week - in the final game of the second set - to stay on course for a second Queen's title.
Cilic will now face another awkward grass-court opponent in American Donald Young while Sam Querrey overcame Murray's conqueror Jordan Thompson 7-6 (7/3) 3-6 6-3 to book a quarter-final with Gilles Muller.
Querrey, who caused the big shock at Wimbledon previous year when he knocked out defending champion Novak Djokovic, failed to take any of the six break points that came his way in the first set against Thompson but edged the opener in a tiebreak.
The Croatian hit 20 of them and once again was virtually unassailable when putting his first serve in the court, winning 91 percent of those points.
On the other hand, Lopez reached his second Aegon Championships final after beating 2014 champion Grigor Dimitrov 7-5, 3-6, 6-2 in the semi-final.
"I am so happy to be in the final, it's one of the most special tournaments for me".
Cilic had the first match point, but Lopez executed a fine volley under pressure before finally claiming the title as Cilic sent a forehand wide on the Spaniard's third match point.
That was enough to seal the set for Dimitrov, but Lopez wasn't fazed and he clinched the deciding set with a break in the sixth and eighth games. "I have been waiting for so long.to be here holding this trophy", he told BBC Sport.
"This week I was feeling really good on my serve and especially on the shots afterwards I was playing really well". He has previously won this tournament and lost just seven of his first-service points through three matches en route to the semi-finals, which indicates how well he has been serving.