Aegon Championships Queen’s | Cilic emerges as favourite
Marin Cilic, the 2012 Queen’s champion seeded four for this year’s event, has emerged the strong favourite to collect the Aegon Championship trophy following the early dismissal of all players seeded above him.
At a tournament like this, we have so many great grass-court players Marin Cilic
Attention focused on the two Australians who dismissed both Andy Murray and Milos Raonic to see whether they could continue to build on those results and go deeper into the draw.
Both of them however, found that task too great. Jordam Thompson, the lucky loser ranked 90, who toppled the world number one Murray, was unable to follow up his huge upset by losing to American Sam Querrey 7-6(3) 3-6 6-3.
Thanasi Kokkinakis, ranked 698 who dispatched Raonic last year’s Queen’s and Wimbledon finalist, was beaten by Russian Daniil Medvedev 6-2 6-2.
Despite those losses, both players will be well satisfied with their Wimbledon warm-up.
In the meantime Cilic continues to improve his chances to win a second Queen’s title with by beating Stefan Kozlov 6-0 6-4 to face another American, Donald Young, in the last eight.
“At a tournament like this, we have so many great grass-court players,” Cilic said of the slew of upsets so far which included the departure of Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilried Tsonga. “Considering it’s also one of the first weeks on grass, it’s always very tricky.”
Cilic lost only 10 points in the first set and didn’t face a break point in the match against the 19-year-old Kozlov.
Feliciano Lopez was the last player through to the quarterfinals after beating Jeremy Chardy 6-1 7-6(4).
In the quarterfinals on Friday, Lopez meets Tomas Berdych, Querrey plays Gilles Muller while Medvedev takes on sixth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov, the 2014 champion.
The 2012 Queen’s champion breezed through with a 6-0, 6-4 second-round victory over American teenager Stefan Kozlov.
Cilic’s sixth Queen’s Club quarter-final appearance will come against American Donald Young as the former US Open champion aims to reach the final for the third time.
Meanwhile in Halle, Roger Federer continues to hone his grass court game in preparation for his Wimbledon challenge where he has targeted an eighth singles crown.
The Swiss reached the Halle quarters for a 15th time with a 7-6(4) 6-4 win over German serve-and-volleyer Mischa Zverev and will be taking on the 2016 Halle champion Florian Mayer for a place in the semi-finals.
Looking ahead to that match, Federer commented: “I think he’s most dangerous on the grass. He’s a tough customer, plus he’s the defending champion. He hasn’t had the best season so far, so there is a lot riding on the match for him as well as for me because we both want to go deep into this tournament.”