Tennis: Feliciano Lopez beats Marin Cilic in nail-biting Queen's Club final

Feliciano Lopez of Spain lifts the trophy after winning the Queen's Club Championships final against Croatia's Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Feliciano Lopez of Spain lifts the trophy after winning the Queen's Club Championships final against Croatia's Marin Cilic of Croatia.PHOTO: EPA

LONDON (REUTERS) - Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez claimed the biggest title of his long career when he battled back to beat Marin Cilic 4-6, 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (10-8) in a nerve-racking final at Queen's Club on Sunday.

The 35-year-old, who suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the 2014 final when he held a match point against Grigor Dimitrov, this time saved a match point in a tense final set tie-break before toppling the Croat.

Lopez saved his match point with a steely volley at 5-6 in the breaker before Cilic fended off two.

Then, at the third time of asking, crowd favourite Lopez could celebrate after fourth seed Cilic pulled a forehand into the tramlines.

It was Lopez's sixth career title and third on grass.