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Lopez beats Simon to Queen's title in thriller

Lopez beats Simon to Queen's title in thriller

But following a successful and, crucially, pain-free week in west London, Murray will have a rethink.

"The plan is to play with Pierre-Hugues", he said.

The 37-year-old Lopez rallied to beat the 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 in a semifinal that saw the biggest age differential in an ATP semifinal or final since the 43-year-old Ken Rosewall defeated 23-year-old American Pat Dupre to reach the Hong Kong Grand Prix final in 1977.

It was Murray's first doubles success for eight years and, with no signs of physical distress from his metal hip implant, he will surely be among the favourites to win the men's doubles title at Wimbledon next month. "We're so happy that you're back on a tennis court", he said to loud applause.

After winning the first set, Bencic served for the match at 5-4 in the second but squandered several chances to win the tournament. "I'm so happy for Andy to play with me and we're so happy he's back on the tennis court".

It was Simon who was able to hold his nerve in the back-and-forth breaker, sealing the hour-long set 7-6 (4) and forcing a decider.

The three-time Grand Slam champion's triumph comes after what he described as "life-changing" hip surgery earlier this year.

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Lopez, who must have been running on empty, somehow conjured up a series of stunning winners in the match tie-break to secure his own personal double and an unexpected, but welcome victory for Murray.

Lopez saved all but one of the break points he faced and converted three of his 13 opportunities to prevail in 2 hours, 49 minutes. "It's tough to believe."I won this tournament in 2017".

However, despite levelling the match after Lopez cruised through the first set, the 34-year-old just fell short of becoming the first Frenchman to win the title.

For Lopez, it was his second title of the day, having already beaten Gilles Simon in three sets to take the singles crown. Watching it you could only recall the days when these grass court matches involved two players rushing into the net after their serves, rather than grinding away from the baseline in a war of attrition. A win would have been enough for the Canadian, who is a career-high No. 21. He is oldest victor at Queen's Club, breaking his own record from his victory two years ago. The part-time tournament director won both the singles and doubles titles Sunday in Queen's.

But no tennis player, or doubles partner, has everything and it's about being able to complement each other and work together around your strengths.

The entire conversation between the two started after Maria cheekily offered to partner with Murray in Wimbledon 2019, starting from July 1.


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