Cilic makes Queen's final
Nalbandian awaits Croatian in London final
Last Updated: 16/06/12 5:48pm
Marin Cilic: Through to Queen's final
Marin Cilic booked his place in the AEGON Championships final at Queen's after a three-set win over former champion Sam Querrey.
Sixth seed Cilic prevailed 6-3 3-6 6-3 against 2010 champion Querrey, to set up his first Queen's Club final against veteran David Nalbandian.
Cilic survived nine break points in the first set to move ahead, but Querrey broke his 6ft 6in opponent twice in the second in what was a match of poor quality thanks to windy conditions.
Cilic's power proved too much for the world number 77 in the end as the Croatian kept his composure to win the third set.
Cilic struggled to land his first serve during the opening stages of the match due to the wind, but Querrey failed to take advantage as the American had nine break points in a 20-minute long third game.
The Croatian needed just one break point though as Querrey, now wearing a plaster on his right thumb after developing a blister, wastefully netted and Cilic then clinched the set by holding to love.
Querrey then seized the initiative in the second set, breaking his opponent to move 5-3 ahead before taking the set with a powerful ace in the following game.
Cilic hit back straight away, breaking Querrey at the beginning of the third set after the American double-faulted.
Querrey wasted a break point - his 13th of the match - in the seventh game but he earned another one after deuce and he took it when Cilic hit a woeful forehand long to put the set back on serve.
Cilic was back on top in the following game, however, after Querrey's decision to play a sliced drop from the back of the court backfired and the Croatian world number 25 had the break he needed for victory.
Serving for the match, Cilic buckled slightly, allowing the game to move to 30-30 but he recovered to clinch victory with a smart volley at the net after just under two hours play on centre court.
Nalbandian awaits in the final after he ended the hopes of 21-year-old Grigor Dimitrov 6-4 6-4.
Despite being nine years his senior and having played two three-set games on Friday, the Argentinian former world number three showed impressive agility and power to edge through.
The first set featured a series of breaks of serve, with Nalbandian out-breaking by 3-2, and he surged ahead with another early break in the next.
But Dimitrov got back on serve at 3-2 though with a delicate drop shot, however the Argentinian broke through again in the ninth game when he put away a volley.
He successfully served out for the match on the first of two match points when Dimitrov ploughed a backhand into the net.