Murray to face Cilic for Queen’s Club title

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Updated: June 15, 2013

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Andy Murray and Marin Cilic were semifinal
winners on a rainy Saturday and will meet for the title at the Queen’s Club.

Murray, the top seed and a two-time winner of this Wimbledon tune-up, rallied
for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 win over Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while the defending
champion Cilic battled past Australian veteran Lleyton Hewitt, 6-4, 4-6, 6-2.

The start of play was delayed for about two hours because of weather before
Hewitt and Cilic took Centre Court. After just two completed games, rain again
halted play. Once the skies cleared, tournament organizers decided to play
both semifinals at the same time to avoid a stoppage for darkness.

Murray won this title in 2009 and again in 2011, while Cilic captured the
crown last year when David Nalbandian defaulted in the final. Nalbandian
smacked an on-court advertising panel into a linesman, who suffered a gash on
his leg as a result of an unfortunate racquet-wielding incident.

Hewitt claimed the Queen’s Club title four times, taking three straight from
2000-02 before winning it again in 2006. The former world No. 1 knocked off
Juan Martin del Potro in Friday’s quarterfinals, but was unable to produce a
second straight upset on Saturday.

Cilic broke Hewitt twice in the third and saved the one break point he faced
in the decisive set.

Murray, who beat Tsonga for the 2011 Queen’s title, broke serve once in the
second set and twice in the third to improve to 8-1 all-time against the
Frenchman.

The Scotsman will carry an 8-1 mark against Cilic into Sunday’s finale. Murray
earned a 6-4, 6-3 win over the Croat in the Miami quarterfinals earlier this
year. Cilic’s lone win against Murray came in the round of the 16 at the 2009
U.S. Open.

Murray is playing for the first time since retiring in a second-round match at
the Italian Masters in May. He skipped the French Open because of a lower back
injury to rest for a run at the Wimbledon title.

Currently ranked No. 2 in the world despite his recent absence, Murray will
try for a third title in 2013 on Sunday. He won the Australian Open tune-up in
Brisbane and also captured the Miami crown, while falling to Novak Djokovic in
the Australian Open final.

Cilic is 9-7 all-time in finals, including a victory over Jurgen Melzer in
February at Zagreb.

The 2013 Queen’s Club champ will earn $115,000.