LONDON: Former Wimbledon runner-up David Nalbandian will face Croatia’s Marin Cilic in the final at Queen’s Club after defeating Grigor Dimitrov 6-4, 6-4 in the semi-finals on Saturday.
Nalbandian reached the Wimbledon final in 2002 before losing to Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt and 10 years later he is back in the final of a grass-court event for the first time since that memorable run at the All England Club. Seeded 10th, he drew on his vast experience to subdue rising star Dimitrov and complete a remarkable run of three wins in 48 hours.
After rain caused a fixture pile-up on Friday, Nalbandian showed impressive durability to come from a set down to win against Edouard Roger-Vasselin and then Xavier Malisse. Despite such a gruelling schedule, Nalbandian showed no signs of tiredness against Dimitrov and his reward is a first appearance in the Queen’s final and his first ATP Tour final since Auckland in January 2011.”I’m very happy. I’ve played this tournament quite a few times and I never reached the final, so I’m happy to be on court tomorrow (Sunday),” Nalbandian said.