Dimitrov wins thrilling final against Lopez at Queen's

Sun Jun 15, 2014 1:18pm EDT
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(Reuters) - Grigor Dimitrov underlined his burgeoning reputation as the rising force of men's tennis by beating Spain's Feliciano Lopez 6-7(8) 7-6(1) 7-6(6) in a thrilling Aegon Championships final at Queen's Club on Sunday.

The 23-year-old Bulgarian fourth seed recovered from a set down and saved a match point in the second to register his fourth career title, all of them since last November.

Dimitrov, a former Wimbledon junior champion, is now the first player this year to win titles on three different surfaces after winning on the hard courts in Acapulco and the clay of Bucharest.

"It was amazing," Dimitrov said during the presentation of the trophy - one of the biggest in the sport.

"It's been amazing coming here every year and playing that tournament means a lot to me. I'm really happy to go through that match in such a way.

"There's some good matches ahead to Wimbledon and I'm excited for the time ahead.

"I knew it was not easy to break Fel [Lopez]. Especially in moments like that he's been serving so well all week. He's been tremendous all week. It was a great fight."

The first set was tense affair with neither player able to break serve on the way to a tiebreak.

Lopez looked to have gained the ascendancy leading 5-2 in the breaker but a series of unforced errors gifted Dimitrov a route back into the set.   Continued...

Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov returns the ball to Spain's Feliciano Lopez during their men's singles final tennis match at the Queen's Club Championships in west London June 15, 2014. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth