Lopez vs. Cilic
|Date & Time||Sunday June 25, 2017, 9:00 PM (EDT)|
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Marin Cilic and Feliciano Lopez meet in the final of the 2017 Aegon Championships.
Marin Cilic is coming off a three sets win over Gilles Muller that took 31 games to decide. In the victory, Cilic won 91 percent of his first serve points and 58 percent of his second serve points. Cilic continues to put a lot of pressure on his opponent with his serve and has dropped a combined nine first serve points in his last two matches. Cilic has been broken just once this tournament and has provided just two break chances overall. When Cilic’s serve is clicking the way it is right now, he's one of the tougher players on tour to beat. Cilic hopes to win his second title of the season and his 18th for his career. Cilic is 1-1 in final appearances on grass. Cilic has also won seven of his last nine final appearances overall. Cilic has won 10 of his last 12 matches on grass court.
Feliciano Lopez is coming off a three sets win over Grigor Dimitrov that took 29 games to decide. In the victory, Lopez won 87 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Lopez has also beens harp with his serve and is coming off a match in which he lost just six first serve points. Lopez’s second serve hasn't been as effective, but he's been broken just once this tournament and has forced his opponent to play a near perforcent match to win. Lopez hopes to win his first tile of the season and first since the 2016 Swiss Open. Lopez is 2-2 in his career in final appearances on grass and has lost five of his last seven final appearances overall. Lopez is 5-11 in his career in final appearances overall. Lopez has won eight of his last nine matches on grass court.
These two have played seven times in the past and Cilic has won five of those meetings. The most recent match was in this year's French Open, a match Cilic won in straight sets. Lopez’s last win over Cilic came in the 2010 Rome Masters. This will be their third meeting on grass.
There’s no betting against Cilic right now with the way he's serving. It's just that simple. Also, has an extremely quick turnaround for this match after playing three training sets and having things end far later than expected due to a rain delay. Fatigue will play a factor here, giving Cilic an even bigger advantage.
Look for Cilic to win his second title of the 2017 season.