Croatia's Cilic in Queen's club tennis quarters
- Author: Tabitha Byrd Jun 26, 2017,
Jun 26, 2017, 1:00
Unseeded Lopez beat Bulgarian sixth seed Dimitrov 7-5 3-6 6-2 in the second semi-final at Queen's Club in London.
'Right now he's a contender rather than other players that they supposed to be, but they are not in very good shape, ' he said. "I'm not necessarily feeling great (on court) yet".
Lopez's serve often came to the rescue with 10 aces during the second set, the most important of which saved one of Cilic's two break points in the second game.
He defeated Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (5) to stretch his winning run to seven matches after claiming a grass-court title in the Netherlands last week.
Querrey, who caused the big shock at Wimbledon a year ago 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.
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.More news: 'Trump is considering firing Mueller as special counsel'
Cilic then went on to play his doubles semi-final with Marcin Matkowski against Jamie Murray and Bruno Soares, which was moved onto Court One because of the rain delays, as he aimed to become the first man to win both titles at Queen's since Pete Sampras in 1995.
"I can not believe that I've finally won this trophy", Lopez said.
Cilic hopes to win his second title of the season and his 18th for his career.
Lopez took a tumble in the second set when serving at 6-5 but regained his footing in the tie-break, marching into a 6-1 lead before a long Cilic forehand sent the match to a decider.
The fourth-seeded Cilic certainly looks the fresher after four singles matches this week, with Lopez initially appearing jaded against Dimitrov following his tough three-set win over Tomas Berdych in the quarterfinals. Cilic continues to put a lot of pressure on his opponent with his serve and has dropped a combined nine first serve points in his last two matches.
Lopez is in as good a form as he's been in his career I would say, the way he's hitting the ball.
Dimitrov saw his backhand disappear down the stretch, and he was almost up to the task of surviving without it as he saved six break points in a nine and a half minute fourth game of the set to hold for two-all. I was mixing it up and playing smart.