Gilles Simon vs. Feliciano Lopez
|Date & Time||Sunday June 23, 2019, 8:30 AM (EDT)|
London, United Kingdom
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Gilles Simon and Feliciano Lopez meet in the final of the 2019 tennis Queen's Club Championships.
Gilles Simon is coming off a three sets win over Daniil Medvedev that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Simon won 73 percent of his first serve points and 49 percent of his second serve points. Simon won 65 percent of his total service points and converted on four of his eight break points. Simon got 66 percent of his first serves in play and saved six of his eight break points. Simon has needed three sets in all four victories, and he’s now won each of his last five matches that have gone the distance. It hasn’t always been pretty for the 38-year-old Frenchman, but he’ll take his first final appearance of the year however it comes. Simon looks to win his fist title since last years Moselle Open and the 15th title of his career. Simon has split his last 10 final appearances and is 0-1 in career final appearances on grass. Simon has won eight of his last 10 matches on grass court.
Feliciano Lopez is coming off a three sets win over Felix Auger-Aliassime that took 32 games to decide. In the victory, Lopez won 80 percent of his first serve points and 56 percent of his second serve points. Lopez won 72 percent of his total service points and converted on two of his 10 break points. Lopez got 66 percent of his first serves in play, saved all eight of his break points and hit 15 aces. Lopez has hit 31 aces in his last two matches and has won all three matches this tournament despite dropping the first set. Lopez has now won four of his last six matches that have gone the distance. Lopez looks to win his first title since the 2017 Queen's Club Championships and the seventh title of his career. Lopez has lost seven of his last 11 final appearances and is 3-2 in career final appearances on grass. Lopez has won six of his last seven matches on grass court.
These two have played eight times and Lopez has won six of those meetings, including the most recent match in 2018 Stuttgart. Simon’s two wins over Lopez came in 2014 Shanghai and 2008 Rotterdam. Lopez is 4-0 against Simon on grass court. Five of the eight matches were decided in straight sets.
Simon is playing some of his best tennis in years, but he’s running into a player in Lopez who has had little trouble against him over the years and has beaten him four times on this surface. Lopez has been a serving machine through three matches and has shown great mental toughness by winning all three matches when dropping the first set. Lopez is also a champion of this tournament in 2017, so this run isn’t nearly as surprising.
Lopez wins his first title in two years.