Feliciano Lopez arrived at the Fever-Tree Championships with just three ATP Tour main draw wins to his name this year, but the Spanish wild card finished the week with four more to complete a dream run to the title.
The 37-year-old won a battle of veterans on Sunday by ousting Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-7(4), 7-6(2). Lopez has a track record of success at The Queen’s Club, winning here in 2017 (d. Cilic) and finishing runner-up in 2014 (l. to Dimitrov). The World No. 113 in the ATP Rankings is the oldest champion at this event in the Open Era and only the third wild card to take the title, joining Ivan Lendl(1989) and Pete Sampras (1999).
“I thought the best moment of my career was when I won this tournament in 2017, but it’s right now,” said Lopez. “He was coming up with unbelievable passing shots and I was a little bit desperate, to be honest. The tie-break is a bit of a lottery, of course, but I’m just so happy to win here.”
Four of Lopez’s seven ATP Tour titles have come on grass. The surface adds even greater bite to his slice backhand and makes his lefty serve trickier to read, while also rewarding his bravery in rushing the net. He held serve in 60 of 63 service games this week (95%).
The Spaniard improves his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Simon to 6-2. Five of those wins have come on grass, including the 2013 Eastbourne final.
Lopez earns £429,955 and 500 ATP Rankings points, which is projected to cut his ATP Ranking in half and push him inside the Top 60 on Monday. Simon earns £215,940 and 300 ATP Rankings points, which is projected to bump him inside the Top 30.
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