Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Auger-Aliassime ousts top seed Tsitsipas at Queen's

Auger-Aliassime ousts top seed Tsitsipas at Queen's

After Frenchman Simon, 34, ground down Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-3 in baseline war of attrition, the 37-year-old Lopez used his vast experience to down 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (3) 6-3 6-4.

The 37-year-old Spaniard and 2017 champion - who has a busy time ahead of him as he has to partner Andy Murray in an unfinished doubles quarter-final - became the oldest ever Queen's finalist in the Open era when he served out the match having seen his 18-year-old opponent save four match points in the previous game. But what of the match that boasted with the largest age differential in a semi or a final since 1977?

"I think it's a great win for me today", Lopez said.

The 24-year-old, who last month was disqualified from the Italian Open for throwing a chair across court, accused a line-judge of "match-rigging" during his first round match with Roberto Carballes Baena over what he thought was a poor line call.

Medvedev, 23, will play Frenchman Gilles Simon, who beat fellow veteran and compatriot Nicolas Mahut, for a place in the final.

"It's insane how the old guys can still perform".

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The world number 38 came from a set down to win 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 in two hours and 39 minutes.

"I'm not going to rush this because I don't want to and I don't need to and if it means not playing singles until a bit later fine I'm just happy to be back on the court with no pain in my hip". It took 70 minutes to complete a hard first set, with Simon winning 48 points to Medvedev's 47, but losing the set, 7-6 (4). He told the crowd: "Keep your seats, I'm coming back in 10 minutes!"

Medvedev looked ill at ease, however, and after service breaks were exchanged early in the second set it was Simon who began to take the upper hand to level the match.

It was his third singles match in less than 24 hours due to the rain earlier in the week.

Once here, he scored a tough opening three-set win, then enjoyed a pass over the injured No3 seed Juan Martin del Potro, and won a final-set tie-breaker over Milos Raonic to make the semis. Murray and Feliciano Lopez took the first 6-4 but were down 5-4 in the second to Ken Skupski and Dan Evans.

The No. 8 seed from Montreal upset top-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece 7-5, 6-2 in the quarterfinals of the Queen's Club grass-court tournament on Friday. He was patient in eking out an advantage, but once in front, he scented blood and went for the kill, breaking serve at the start of the second set to race into a 3-0 lead. He's played a lot of tennis in the last couple of games.

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