LONDON (AP) — Even in defeat, Marin Cilic is being talked about as a contender for the Wimbledon title.
The sixth-ranked Croat, who won the U.S. Open in 2014, lost a close three-set match to Feliciano Lopez in the final at Queen’s. But there was a still a sense that he was one of the men to beat next week at the All England Club.
“It’s interesting that he (Lopez) won a tournament and I’m the favorite,” Cilic said. “I’m playing really well, and especially the last few months. For me, I’m keeping my feet on the ground.”
“Definitely I’m going to get into Wimbledon with good determination, good confidence – hoping that I can go further than the last three years.”
The 28-year-old Cilic has never reached the semifinals at Wimbledon, losing in the quarterfinals for the last three years. Novak Djokovic beat him on the way to the title in 2014 and 2015, and Roger Federer rallied from two sets down to oust Cilic last…