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Feliciano López ends wait for first Queen's title after victory over Marin Cilic

Sunday saw López claim the sixth ATP title of his long career.
Sunday saw López claim the sixth ATP title of his long career. / Reuters
  • The Spaniard beat the Croatian 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (10-8) to claim his first Aegon Championships title

Spain's Feliciano López beat Croatian Marin Čilić at Queen's on Sunday to claim his first ever Aegon Championships victory.

It comes three years after the Spaniard suffered heartbreak in the final of the same competition against Grigor Dimitrov.

His 4-6 7-6 (7-2) 7-6 (10-8) win over the world number six saw the 35-year-old record the sixth ATP title of his career, half of which have come on grass courts.

López lost the first set to his Croatian counterpart, but overpowered Čilić in the tie-breaks in the next two sets to win his first Queen's title at the 12th time of asking.

"I cannot believe that I have finally won this trophy. I have been waiting for so long to win this trophy," the 35-year-old stated.

"It is difficult to believe, but I am playing my best tennis at the age of 35. There is no better way to go into Wimbledon after having won here," he added.

López, who has jumped from number 32 to number 25 in the world rankings as a result, has also become the oldest player to win Queen's in the Open era, adding to the titles he won in Vienna in 2004, Johannesburg in 2010, Eastbourne in 2013 and 2014 and Gstaad in Switzerland last year.