Published: Mon, June 24, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Wild Card Lopez Beats Simon For Queen's Club Title

Wild Card Lopez Beats Simon For Queen's Club Title

The former Wimbledon champion was impressed by Lopez's stamina, saying: He's been on the tour for 20 years and I appreciate that he's got a big final in singles to play tomorrow. "I try to come most years, it was only possible today, but this is a good moment because Andy plays", he said. "I felt very relaxed at the beginning of the week and was getting more nervous as the week went on and my competitive instincts kicked in", said Murray.

Murray said that while he had not made up his mind about a return to singles, the US Open would be the tournament where it could happen.

Murray and López defeated Salisbury and Ram 7-6 (8-6) 5-7 10-5 in London to secure the Queen's doubles championship.

"I'm exhausted, of course", said the 38th-ranked Frenchman.

Both players appeared to be running on fumes towards the end but there was no rest for Lopez who was due back on court about 30 minutes later as co-star to British favourite Andy Murray in the men's doubles final.

He will be partnering Frenchman Pierre-Hugues Herbert - who had won the doubles title at SW19 in 2016, alongside Nicolas Mahut.

"He was coming up with unbelievable shots and I was a bit desperate".

The huge age difference between Lopez and Auger-Aliassime - the greatest in any men's singles match since 1977 - suggested the younger, fresher player would have an advantage if their match went to three sets, but the opposite proved to be the case as Lopez dug deep to come back from a set down and book his place in the final.

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This match provides an interesting clash of styles, with the Spaniard certainly being more suited to grass.

Murray produced several spellbinding returns as they saved a set point in the opening set before snatching it on a tiebreak. "But I still have to improve quite a few things, like, physically".

Leading 6-4, 4-5 overnight, the pair avoided a third set by winning the tie-break.

"But I'm sure that if he keeps progressing the way he's doing right now, we're gonna see him playing singles again".

'What was I doing' Lopez - who Murray may regret overlooking as his doubles partner for Wimbledon - earned a pat on the back from Murray. "It would be nice to play at the US Open but if I don't - look, I got so much enjoyment and happiness after winning a first-round doubles match here that, you know, that's enough".

The pairs exchanged breaks in the second before a ideal cross-court forehand from Murray gave him and Lopez a chance to serve for the match at 6-5.

Lopez was wobbling and had Auger-Aliassime converted the break point he had in the first game of the second set he surely would have cruised into the final on his tournament debut.

"It's tough right now after such an unbelievable effort to try and stay in this match and come back".

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