Marin Cilic targets Queen's title as Novak Djokovic sets up Sunday final

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Marin Cilic is hoping to go one better at Queen's this year but has no regrets over his 2017 final loss to Feliciano Lopez.

Cilic, the top seed at this year's Fever-Tree Championship, is back in Sunday's showpiece after a 7-6 (7/4) 7-6 (7/3) semi-final win over Nick Kyrgios.

His defeat to Lopez last year was a tough one as it was decided by a final-set tiebreak, but it is not one that still rankles with him.

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"The motivation is still there, it's quite big," the 2013 champion said. "It's a 500 (points) and big tournament to get ready for Wimbledon.

"I don't have regrets for last year, if that's what you're asking. I gave it my best on the court. My match was decided by one point. Feliciano played amazing tennis.

"You know, it's great for me again that I'm here and giving myself another shot."

Cilic will meet Novak Djokovic after the Serb reached his first final in 12 months. Djokovic overcame Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 7-6 (7/3) 6-4.

Kyrgios, who beat British pair Andy Murray and Kyle Edmund, was satisfied with his week's work after he followed up a run to the final in Stuttgart last week with one to the last four at Queen's.

His serving is in a particularly good place as he served 98 aces in his four outings, twice achieving a personal best of 32 in a match. He was, though, reluctant to consider himself among the favourites for Wimbledon.

"I've played some good tennis, have played some tough opponents," he said. "I played a lot of three-setters and a lot of tennis. That's a positive. My body feels pretty good.

"It was a pretty successful couple of weeks, obviously given being out for two and a half months before that. I feel confident for Wimbledon, for sure. There's a lot of grass court players.

"I mean, the grand slams are totally different. Best-of-five sets - there's a lot more momentum swings. The last couple of weeks, I feel pretty untouchable on serve. Today I just didn't have any chances to break at all."