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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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.
June 23rd, 2019 at 12:33 pm