Marin Cilic beats Nick Kyrgios to reach second consecutive Queen’s final
MARIN CILIC beat Nick Kyrgios 7-6, 7-6 to reach his second consecutive Queen’s final.
Cilic established himself as one of the best players in the world on grass after a strong 2017 season which also saw him lose the Wimbledon final to Roger Federer.
But the Croatian has come back stronger this year and he edged a narrow clash with Kyrgios via fine margins as both sets went to tiebreaks.
The match-up was always going to be a tight affair after both players had really dominated their own service games all week.
Kyrgios had racked up a mammoth 82 aces in his opening three matches and after Cilic took the first game, the Australian started his afternoon with an ace.
Kyrgios’ risk-taking cost him a double fault on the next point, but he then aced his way to 1-1.
Both players continued to impress with their deliveries and the first set was taken into a tiebreak.
And it was Cilic who got the crucial mini-break when Kyrgios put too much on his forehand and struck it beyond the baseline.
The world No 21 then hit a backhand wide on serve as Cilic won the tiebreak 7-3.
Kyrgios served 16 aces compared to Cilic's 12
The pair could hardly be split in the second set as they again held serve throughout without either player having a breakpoint.
But in the decider Kyrgios lost his first service point and failed to hit back as he exited the competition.
Cilic will now face either Novak Djokovic or Jeremy Chardy in the final on Sunday.