Queen's Club: Marin Cilic fancies chances of 2nd title; will face big-serving Gilles Muller in semi-finals
Croatia's Marin Cilic to face Gilles Muller in the semi-finals and Grigor Dimitrov will take on against the winner of Tomas Berdych or Feliciano Lopez.
London: Marin Cilic set up a semi-final clash with Gilles Muller at Queen's Club as the Croatian powered to 6-4, 7-5 victory over Donald Young on Friday.
Having lifted the Queen's trophy in 2012, Cilic fancies his chances of adding a second title as the highest ranked player left in the draw following the shock exits of Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka and Milos Raonic.
The world number seven has yet to drop a set in three matches en route to his fourth semi-final appearance at the Wimbledon warm-up event in west London.
Cilic, who also finished as Queen's runner-up in 2013, was pushed hard by Young, but the former US Open champion fired 11 aces to see off the American world number 55 in one hour and 26 minutes.
"I'm playing really well this week. I'm feeling great on the court," said Cilic, who is chasing his second ATP title this year.
"It is another match without losing serve, so that's extremely pleasing."
Luxumbourg's Muller is through to his first Queen's semi-final after defeating 2010 champion Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (7/5).
Muller has won the first two ATP Tour titles of his career this year, helping him climb to a career-high ranking of 26, and he now has a seven-match winning streak on grass.
The 34-year-old's huge serve was on full display when he won the 's-Hertogenbosch title on grass last week and once again he used it to devastating effect against Querrey.
The 2010 Queen's champion, Querrey is no slouch on grass either, but Muller held his nerve in two tight sets.
"I was never top 30 before in my life, and now this year for the first time I have a "2" in front of my ranking. That means a lot," he said.
"Those are things you dream of as a kid, so when it happens it feels good."
Grigor Dimitrov is another former Queen's champion hoping to get his hands on the silverware again and the Bulgarian moved into the last four with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 win against Russia's Daniil Medvedev.
With Medvedev suffering a shoulder injury during the pre-match warm-up and needing lengthy treatment before he could start playing, it was no surprise Dimitrov won the first set after sprinting into a 5-0 lead.
Medvedev, ranked 60th, gamely levelled the match at one set all, but Dimitrov was too strong in the decider as the world number 11 booked a semi-final clash with Tomas Berdych or Feliciano Lopez.
Dimitrov, who won Queen's in 2014, will be looking to reach his third ATP Tour final in 2017.
"It's tough conditions. It's pretty windy. It wasn't easy to play my game, but I had the right approach," Dimitrov said.
"I'm just glad to go through. I'm feeling pretty positive."
Lopez beat former Wimbledon finalist Berdych in three sets in the Stuttgart quarter-finals last week, and the Spanish world number 32 repeated that success with a marathon 7-6 (7/5), 6-7 (1/7), 7-5 victory lasting two hours and 27 minutes.
Lopez lost to Dimitrov in the 2014 Queen's final and will be looking to avenge that disappointment as he tries reach his second final in two weeks after losing the Stuttgart title match to Lucas Pouille
Serena, still one short of Margaret Court's all-time record of most Grand Slam singles titles, has not gone beyond the fourth round at Roland Garros since losing the 2016 final.
Federer, the oldest man in the draw at 39, lost his cool and the set before recovering to defeat former world number three Cilic.
On Court Philippe Chatrier, Federer kicked off only his second French Open campaign in six years with an impressive dismissal of Denis Istomin.