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Nalbandian to face Cilic for Queen's Club crown

David Nalbandian of Argentina and Croatia's Marin Cilic won semifinal matches Saturday and will play for the title at the Queen's Club.

The sixth-seeded Cilic knocked off former Queen's Club champ Sam Querrey in the opening semifinal with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-3 triumph. Querrey was the 2010 champion of the Wimbledon tune-up.

Nalbandian, a Wimbledon runner-up 10 years ago, then polished off Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov, 6-4, 6-4.

Cilic will play in his second ATP final of 2012, having lost to Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany on clay in Munich last month. He was a third-round loser against Juan Martin del Potro at the French Open.

The 23-year-old Croat is 6-7 all-time in ATP finals and previously won a title last October in St. Petersburg, Russia. He has won a tournament in each of the past four years.

Nalbandian is 4-1 lifetime against Cilic, including 1-1 this year. The Argentine claimed a straight-set win in the second round at Indian Wells, but Cilic outslugged the 30-year-old veteran in the Davis Cup quarterfinals in April.

The 10th-seeded Nalbandian owns an 11-11 mark in title matches and hasn't won a crown since the summer of 2010 in Washington, DC. His last appearance in a final resulted in a loss to David Ferrer in Auckland last year.

Sunday's champion will pocket $100,000.