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Lopez to take battle of the old guard

Lopez to take battle of the old guard

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Feliciano Lopez will play Gilles Simon in the Fever-Tree Championships final at Queen’s as the veterans continue to do the business.

As Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic hold sway in the Grand Slams, 37-year-old Lopez squares off with 34-year-old Simon in Sunday’s showpiece match.

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Lopez needed a wildcard to make the west London event and had already beaten former Wimbledon finalist Milos Raonic in the quarter-finals before taking on youngster Felix Auger-Aliassime in the last four on Saturday.

Auger-Aliassime had taken care of rising star Stefanos Tsitsipas in his last-eight clash and it was thought he might have the edge on Lopez, but the Spaniard came through in three sets.

Lopez, the world number 113, has been around for many years although the three-time Wimbledon quarter-finalist showed no signs of fatigue to outlast his teenage opponent as he goes in search of a seventh ATP Tour title.

The Madrid resident will take on Simon and although the Frenchman is ranked considerably higher than Lopez at 38 in the world, he can take the title.

Simon, a 2015 SW19 quarter-finalist, may well be tired on Sunday after enduring two long matches en route to the final.

He came from a set down to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (4-7) 6-4 6-3 in the semi-finals in two hours and 39 minutes.

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That followed on from his last-eight encounter with Nicolas Mahut, which dragged on for three hours and 20 minutes before Simon got over the line.

The former world number six admitted: “It was hard to recover for this one. It was tough until the end with long rallies. It was a tough match. But you relax a bit when you’re really tired and you’ve played a long match.”

The duo have met seven times to date, with Lopez owning a 5-2 winning record and, more importantly, he has triumphed in all four of their meetings on grass, losing just two sets.

It may well go to three sets although Lopez’s experience on grass will be key to the outcome.

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