Marin Cilic booked his place in Sunday’s final of the AEGON Championships at the Queen’s Club after defeating 2010 champion Sam Querrey 6-3 3-6 6-3.
The conditions were far from perfect, strong wind making life difficult for both players.
The Croat, who struggled with the wind at the beginning of the match, came under pressure on his serve in the third game. But Querrey wasted all 9 break points he had and he was punished for it later, when Cilic taking his serve in the 8th game, moved 5-3 ahead just before serving out the set.
Both players exchanged breaks at the beginning of the second set, but this time it was the American who dominated the later stages. After taking Cilic’s serve in the 8th game to go 5-3 up, he showed no signs of hesitation when serving for the set and forced a decider.
6th seeded Cilic regained his footing in the third set and breaking his opponent twice, he became the first finalist at Queen’s.
In the other semifinal match, Argentine David Nalbandian proved to be too strong for the Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, for whom this was the first ATP semis of his career.
Former Wimbledon finalist Nalbandian posted a comfortable victory, winning in straight sets 6-4 6-4.
Serve almost seemed to be a disadvantage in today’s stormy weather and the London crowd saw 5 breaks of serve in the opening set. However, the Argentine could count on his vast experience and stepping up his game when it mattered the most, he took a lead in the match.
No.10 seed Nalbandian carried the momentum into the second set and got off to a 3-1 lead, just before Dimitrov rallied to win three consecutive games to the delight of the crowd. Unfortunately for the Bulgarian, he dropped serve once more to allow former world no.3 Nalbandian to wrap up the match with his own serve.