Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Sports | By Brett Lawson

Lopez lines up Fever-Tree Championships final against Simon

Lopez lines up Fever-Tree Championships final against Simon

The part-time tournament director won both the singles and doubles titles Sunday in Queen's.

And even as Sharapova, a five-time Major victor in singles, expressed interest, Murray's response wasn't very positive.

To add to his five singles titles here there is a doubles trophy after he and the Spaniard defeated Joe Salisbury and Rajeev Ram 7-6, 6-7, 10-8 to take the Fever Tree Championships. He went through surgery.

He explained that he doesn't feel any pressure to return quicker because he feels fit and strong and his having no negative feelings from his hip after playing this week at Queen's.

The three-time Grand Slam champion is approaching Wimbledon, which starts July 1, full of confidence after playing freely and without pain as he secured his first doubles title since winning with his brother Jamie Murray in Tokyo in 2011.

Murray, who will feature with Marcelo Melo in the doubles at Eastbourne this week before teaming up with Pierre-Hugues Herbert at Wimbledon, also discussed his options on court after his Queen's success.

"I thought the best moment of my career was in 2017 but it was not, it's right now", Lopez said before making a moving tribute to his watching wife-to-be Sandra Gago.

Meanwhile, Lopez has also been through some tight matches to reach his third final at this tournament. And both of them become the oldest winners on the ATP Tour.

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The veteran Spaniard was already its oldest victor when he took the title in 2017.

Lopez, 37, was contesting the tournament's singles final before pairing with Andy Murray in the doubles final later in the afternoon.

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. Lopez had won five of their previous seven meetings and all four of their meetings on grass.

The victor of the final will claim 500 ranking points, whilst the loser will claim 300 ranking points, with both set to play again in Eastbourne next week. He is oldest victor at Queen's Club, breaking his own record from his victory two years ago.

The semi-final looked to be heading towards similar territory after a first set lasting more than an hour, won by Medvedev on a tie-break. Only Rafael Nadal had previously achieved the feat in the Open era.

The Spaniard produced a Herculean effort, winning the singles in three sets earlier in the day before playing sublimely in the doubles.

Roger Federer got his Wimbledon preparations off to the ideal start by claiming a record-extending 10th title at the Halle grass-court event.

But getting to the US Open this year and being competitive isn't the target.

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