Lopez Stops Auger-Aliassime, Will Face Simon For Queen’s Title Then Join Murray For Doubles Crown

by Staff | June 22nd, 2019, 9:15 pm

Feliciano Lopez was a busy man Saturday at Queen’s. The Spaniard won not one, not two but three matches en route to both singles and the doubles finals.

Lopez began his day stopping the run of 18-year-old Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7(3), 6-3, 6-4. The match between 37-year-old Lopez and 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime marked the largest age difference in an ATP Tour semifinal or final since Hong Kong in 1977, when Ken Rosewall (43) defeated Pat Dupre (23) in the semifinals.

Lopez broke the Canadian early in the third and coasted to the win.

He then joining Andy Murray to finish off Daniel Evans and Ken Skupski. The duo stayed on court for the semifinal and edged No. 3 seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers. Lopez was on court over four hours during the day.

In the singles final, Lopez will meet Gilles Simon. The 34-year-old came from a set down to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-7(4), 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first final of the season.

“It was hard to recover for this one. Daniil and I practice together and we knew it was going to be tough,” said Simon. “It’s hard for me to hit through him, but when you play a match and you’re a bit tired, sometimes you relax and play great. I was feeling the ball great, even if I wasn’t feeling great in the legs.”

And the singles final, Murray and Lopez will take on Rajeev Ram and Joe Salisbury.

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5 Comments for Lopez Stops Auger-Aliassime, Will Face Simon For Queen’s Title Then Join Murray For Doubles Crown

Colin Says:

A pretty impressive final considering Lopez and Simon have a combined age of 71!

In about half an hour Lopez will be back on court for the doubles final with Andy. The Spaniard looked ready to drop some of the time, so the relatively young Murray will need to raise his game a bit, but I think he can. Goodness knows the crowd will be behind him.

RZ Says:

What a phenomenal week for Feli, winning both the singles and doubles. Well done!

j-kath Says:

RZ: What a phenominal tournament Queen’s has been this year. So many threads of interest e.g. the young competitors up-and-down and not succeeding – and then there was Lopez spending virtually 3 days constantly playing – partly with Andy – the latter showing a reasonable level of the “come-back-kid”. And Lopez about to marry that very beautiful young woman whom the cameras couldn’t keep their camera off – with an occasional glance at Kim.

Doubt we’ll ever have another 500 that gathers all these talented youthful and mature players altogether. Sigh, sigh.

Colin Says:

Not exactly a classic, as we seldom saw all four men playing well at the same time. Peter Fleming was on commentary (he knows a bit about doubles)and he said Lopez must be the Bionic Man; he didn’t always sit down between games, probably fearing he’d fall asleep if he did. Andy was a bit rusty, but that will change as he gets more match play. His intensity is still there, and when he slips and falls, there are no signs it hurts.
j-Kath, I agree about the future Mrs Lopez – she’s lovely. I remember being similarly impressed with the present Mrs Jamie Murray.

j-kath Says:

Colin: There was some gutsy play – Simon, for example – gosh he was surprisingly difficult to beat. But what surprised me overall, most of the new brigade of very young players were contestants. Guess they chose Queen’s over Halle as is smaller “sister” to Wimbledon – and no real break-throughs although Tse-fly and “A-A” (the young Canadian) started very well but still didn’t end up beating the veterans.

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