Dimitrov beats Lopez in a thriller to win Queen’s Club title

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Seed number four Grigor Dimitrov confirmed his good run of form as well as convincing performances at Queen’s Club this week by winning his debut grass-court tournament this Sunday. The World no. 13 Bulgarian turned around a trilling title clash against tenth seed Feliciano Lopez who squandered a match point in the second set.

The Spaniard was the only one to face break points in the opener, yet he rescued them both to eventually make it to the tie-break. He took over the initiative in the thirteenth game where he wasted the initial three set points before creating another one with a well executed volley and wrapping up the set after a successful net attack.

The second set was characterized by spotless serving until the 29th-ranked Spanish player was handed a match point at 6-5, yet the Bulgarian number one escaped the danger and forced a new tie-break – he now shifted into higher gear to hurry to a 6-0 lead and make it all square moments later.

The Queen’s Club audience was in for an exciting finish of the encounter as Lopez broke in the beginning of the decider, but conceded a pair of double faults in the eighth game and Dimitrov pegged back. The final drama would culminate in the third tie-break of the afternoon where the athletes again excelled with magnificent serving. The Bulgarian showed more composure in the end to complete a come from behind victory and earn 250 ATP ranking points by winning 6-7 (8), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6). The 23-year-old Dimitrov, who has already conquered Bucharest and Acapulco this year, struck 27 aces (Lopez 13) in two hours and a half of play. The head-to-head record now stands at 1-1 with the Spaniard’s win coming four years ago at the same tournament.

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