Lopez beats Simon to become Queen’s Club oldest champ, again

ATP Queen's Gilles Simon prevails over Daniil Medvedev in another marathon

Feliciano Lopez beats Gilles Simon to become oldest champ, again

The question was not so much about Murray's fitness as he has said he is "pain free".

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.

"This is my special tournament and I'm going to keep coming back here for many more years to come", a delighted Kenin said afterwards. Tension returned in the 12th game of the set, however, as Simon struggled to hold serve, saving one match point before finally surviving to set up another tiebreak.

But if it doesn't - and I get to a point where I'm playing and practising singles, and think I'm not quick enough or able to compete at a level I'm happy with - then continuing playing doubles is maybe something I'd consider.

But it was Russian fourth seed Medvedev who began to falter and 34-year-old Simon ran out 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-3 victor in two hours and 37 minutes.

Murray and his Spanish partner Feliciano Lopez beat Brit Joe Salisbury and American Rajeev Ram 7-6 5-7 10-5 in a pulsating final watched by a capacity Centre Court crowd.

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 came out triumphant after another two hours and 49 minutes of combat. "We've had a great week and played some really good tennis".

Spaniard Feliciano Lopez spent so much time on Queen's Club's center court over a memorable weekend it would be no surprise if he had pitched a tent and slept there on Saturday night. "I can't believe it", said Lopez.

Both players squandered two break points but served well in the opener before Auger-Aliassime stepped up in the tie-break, crashing a backhand past Lopez for the mini-break before closing out the set as Lopez slipped at the net.

Lopez becomes the first player since Matteo Berrettini (2018 Gstaad) to win singles and doubles title at the same event.

Murray was one of the big names who was highly critical of Sharapova during her doping ban and subsequent return two years ago.

"Feli (Lopez) is still fit and he's a bit older than me so I hope I'll have the chance to come back again". It was the first wheelchair tennis ranking tournament final at 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.

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

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