queens14dimitrov_lopez

queens14dimitrov_lopez

Total points [ 44-42, 41-33, 42-42 ]
Points won directly on serve:
43 % Dimitrov – 51 of 117
41 % Lopez – 53 of 127

An all-serve battle between two players considered by females as the most attractive ones among professionals. In the opening set Lopez needed four set points to clinch it, and he had a match point leading 6:5* (40/30) in the 2nd set – he risked forehand down the line off Dimitrov’s second serve but netted and lost nine consecutive points in total! The Bulgarian [13] began the decider with 40/0 on serve, but unexpectedly lost the next five points. Lopez [29] was in front 2:0*, so he could even count on the same scoreline he had produced in his previous final (exactly one year before) defeating Gilles Simon 7-6, 6-7, 6-0. It didn’t happen though, Dimitrov came back from 2:4, and converted his second match point in the third tie-break of the final, proving his all-court skills (his first grass-court title, following titles obtained indoors – Stockholm ’13, and outdoors on hard & clay – Acapulco & Bucharest ’14). “I was one point away from victory, and very disappointed, but you have to accept. This is tennis,” Lopez said. “You have to congratulate Grigor, he was match point down. He never gives up.” Three years later Lopez makes a revenge on Dimitrov in the same tournament (in the semis) and wins the final (over Marin Cilic) with the help of tie-breaks in the 2nd and 3rd set!

Dimitrov’s route to his 4th title:
2 James Ward 7-5, 6-3
3 Edouard Roger-Vasselin 7-6(3), 6-4
Q Alexander Dolgopolov w/o
S Stan Wawrinka 6-2, 6-4
W Feliciano Lopez 6-7(8), 7-6(1), 7-6(6) – 1 m.p.

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