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Lopez rules at Queen's, claims two titles

Lopez rules at Queen's, claims two titles

And after the tears of disappointment and the pain that marred the Murray face at the Australian Open-both before and after his solitary gruelling five-set match against Roberto Bautista Agut-it comes as a shot in the arm, a singularly welcomed sight, to see him enjoying his tennis in the heat of competition.

Sporting obituaries were duly written and tributes poured in for one of the world's leading sportsmen.

But their first-round match against Colombian top seeds Juan Sebastian Cabal and Jean-Julian Rojer has now had to be put back until Thursday.

Feliciano Lopez has strongly denied "false accusations" made in reports of an alleged match-fixing scandal at Wimbledon and says he has never been under investigation.

Making my return at Queen's was a special moment; it was really nice being back on a tennis court and I enjoyed it.

"You know, Feli played extremely well, too, which helped". On this evidence we will be seeing more of the 32-year-old Scot on the court than we will in the commentary box.

A backlogged schedule, including a three-set battle between Stefanos Tsitsipas and Jeremy Chardy right before Murray's match, meant it was not until 7pm that the first ball was tossed in this doubles encounter.

"I think when you spend time away, you know there is a chance you might not get back to playing again", he added.

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He afterwards expanded on the experience of being back on court. This is essentially why he is playing doubles now, with the intention of testing out his body to see he can achieve the ultimate goal of playing singles, perhaps sometime around the US Open in late August. I feel I am able to think quite clearly and calmly. Federer is a month older than Lopez.

In the singles final, against Gilles Simon of France, Lopez let a second-set tie-break slip at 4-2 up to take it to a decider, and nearly inevitably another tie-break.

Lopez and Marc Lopez were named in the Spanish media as being under suspicion over bets that were claimed to have been made on a doubles match they lost at the All England Club two years ago.

Andy Murray will continue his comeback from hip resurfacing surgery on Saturday after his second-round doubles match at the Fever-Tree Championships was called to a halt due to fading light.

All four players held serve without offering a single break point, and the first set ultimately headed to a tie-break.

Yet Lopez somehow produced when it mattered the most, hitting five winners in a row, before a wide return sealed Murray's golden return. It's the first match also that we are going to play together. The people closest to me - my wife and my team, particularly - know exactly what I've been going through and they have been with me throughout the whole journey.

"Then that will give me some information about where I'm at and maybe things I need to improve or whatever".


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