Lopez So Happy His Wait For Queen’s Title Is Over

Spanish veteran, Feliciano Lopez claimed the biggest title of his long career when he battled back to beat Marin Cilic 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(8) in a nerve-wracking final of the Aegon Championships 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 Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, this time saved one in a tense tiebreak shootout before toppling the Croat.

Fourth seed Cilic also saved two match points, but at the third time of asking crowd favourite Lopez could finally celebrate a sixth career title after Cilic pulled a forehand into the tramlines.

Lopez, yet another male player who appears to be getting better with age, is the oldest winner of the prestigious Queen’s Club championship in the professional era.

He did it by defeating Stan Wawrinka, Tomas Berdych, Grigor Dimitrov and Cilic — ranked three, 14, 11 and seven in the world rankings.

The match was decided in an epic tiebreak with both players showing remarkable grasscourt skills.

Cilic brought up match point with an ace but Lopez saved it when he cut off the Croat’s attempted pass with a stretching volley. Lopez then had a match point only for Cilic to snuff it out with his 22nd ace of the match.

Lopez performed miracles to scramble a point at 7-7 and serve for the match but Cilic responded with a nerveless volley after an exchange of blows from the baseline.

A 19th ace for Lopez brought up another match point and this time Cilic could not reply.

Afterwards, Lopez said he was so happy to finally win the trophy especially with his parents watching in the crowd. The Spaniard – who is now back up to 25th in the world rankings – added that it was the best preparation for Wimbledon which starts next Monday.

Lopez Wins ‘Biggest Career Title’ At Queen’s

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Feliciano Lopez claimed the biggest title of his long career when he battled back to beat Marin Cilic on Sunday.

The Spanish veteran defeated his Croatian opponent 4-6 7-6(2) 7-6(8) in a nerve-wracking final of the Aegon Championships at Queen’s Club.

The 35-year-old, who suffered a heartbreaking defeat in 2014 final when he held a match point against Bulgarian Grigor Dimitrov, this time saved one in a tense tiebreak shootout before toppling the Croat after two hours 32 minutes.

Lopez, yet another male player in their 30s who appears to be getting better with age, is the oldest winner of the prestigious Queen’s Club championship in the professional era.

He joins a celebrated list of former champions including the likes of John McEnroe, Pete Sampras, Boris Becker, Andy Murray and fellow Spaniard Rafael Nadal.

All of those went on to win at Wimbledon and while Lopez will be long odds to do the same in three weeks’ time, there will be few players in the draw who will fancy playing him.

Lopez Beats Wawrinka In First Round At Queen’s

Lopez Beats Wawrinka In First Round At Queen's
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World number three Stan Wawrinka crashed out in the opening round of the Aegon Championships at London’s Queen’s Club on Tuesday with temperatures reaching almost 38 degrees on court.

Second seed Wawrinka, runner-up in the French Open nine days ago, went down 7-6(4) 7-5 to Spain’s Feliciano Lopez.

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After his defeat by Rafael Nadal in the Paris final, Wawrinka added Paul Annacone to his coaching team as a grass court specialist.

The American had previously coached Roger Federer and Pete Sampras, who between them have taken 14 Wimbledon titles.

Swiss Wawrinka hopes Annacone will improve his prospects at Wimbledon, where he has never progressed beyond the quarter-finals.

He was below his best on Tuesday as Lopez produced some deft touches to support his big serve.

Feliciano Lopez Advances To Mercedes Cup Final

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Feliciano Lopez beat Mischa Zverev in the first of Saturday’s semi-final matches at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

Lopez won 6-7(2) 7-6(4) 7-5 in a tight match which was decided on a double fault by the German.

Zverev, the sixth seed, appeared the stronger server and took the first set tie-break as Lopez found the net too often.

But in second set Lopez took charge of the tie-break 5-4 and extended the advantage to level the score.

The third set went with serve until the final game with Lopez going ahead with a backhand winner and Zverev serving a double fault as he attempted to save match point.

Frenchmen Benoit Paire and Lucas Pouille play the second semi-final in a tournament which saw top seeds Roger Federer, Grigor Dimitrov and Tomas Berdych sidelined early.