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Cilic, Lopez to meet at Queen's

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Fourth seed and 2012 winner Marin Cilic defeated big-serving Gilles Muller to reach the final of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club where he will play Feliciano Lopez. 

Croatian star Cilic served up 20 aces, including a second serve ace on match point, to record a hard-fought 6-3 5-7 6-4 victory.

The world No 7, a former US Open champion, has made massive strides under the guidance of coach Jonas Bjorkman and underlined his title potential at Wimbledon, which starts on July 3, by seeing off Luxembourg veteran Muller despite dropping serve for the first time all week.

Cilic, 28, who also finished as runner-up at the event in west London in 2013, will be seeking his second ATP title of the year after winning in Istanbul last month.

"Today's match was a really high level. I played really well throughout and Gilles was pushing me to the limits," Cilic said.

"I've felt really good on serve all week. I was mixing it up and playing smart."

Lopez is also heading to Wimbledon in a rich vein of form after backing up his run to the final in Stuttgart last week, with an impressive showing at Queen's.

The Spanish world No 32 produced an accomplished performance to see off the tournament's sixth seed, Dimitrov, 7-5, 3-6, 6-2.

Lopez, who gained revenge for his defeat against Dimitrov in the 2014 Queen's final, beat the Bulgarian world No 11 in a match interrupted by rain.

A tight first set went Lopez's way when a Dimitrov double fault presented the Spaniard with a break point that he converted thanks to an unforced error from the Bulgarian.

Dimitrov was leading 3-2 in the second set when rain forced a lengthy delay, and when play resumed the Bulgarian became the first player to break Lopez's serve in the tournament.

That proved enough to level the match, but Lopez held firm and produced some impressive tennis under pressure in the decider to break his opponent's serve in the sixth and eighth games.

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