The Baseline Player of the Week: Andy Murray

The Baseline Player of the Week: Andy Murray

Former world number one Andy Murray is mulling over whether to return to singles at the US Open after winning the Queen's doubles on his return to action after life-changing hip surgery. The Frenchman is through to his first final of the season after semi-final finishes in Pune, Sydney and Marrakech.

In the finals of the Fever-Tree Championships 2019, the Spaniard defeated the Frenchman Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (2) to claim his seventh title of his career and his fourth title on the grass.

Lopez could have become the oldest man to win a Tour-level singles title since 43-year-old Ken Rosewall in 1977, had not Roger Federer won in Halle a few hours earlier.

However, he was broken and the defending champions went on to win the tie-break.

The Canadian had a glimmer of a chance to break straight back but missed out and had to save four match points to hold his final service game. Lopez came out triumphant after another two hours and 49 minutes of combat.

"I'm so happy to have this man playing with me".

Lopez will play Gilles Simon in the singles final first, when the Spanish veteran will become the tournament's oldest finalist. "I mean he went through two surgeries". She said, "I don't think it's for them to really have an opinion, because they don't have the facts".

6-4 6-3 on a sunlit centre court where interminable rallies regularly surpassed 30 shots.

That win was his last tournament success, and his ranking has since slipped to 113 meaning he needed a wild card to play this year.

"I put the ball in the court. They are both brilliant players", he told Amazon Prime. The 34-year-old came from a set down to beat Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 to reach his first final of the season. Express Sport looks back at their path to the final. The three time Grand Slam singles champion said he felt "as well as I did there, not flawless in terms of my movement".

They had led their British opponents overnight and wasted no time in dispatching them 6-4, 7-6 (3).

Murray made his mark nearly immediately in his comeback match, hitting two consecutive netcord winners to clinch the opening set against top seeds Cabal and Farah. The set had similar moments as the previous one.

"It was a good match". Yet Murray showed that the returns and reflexes are still there, even if his serve could stand improvement.

"It was an unbelievable effort from Feliciano". He's not young anymore.

"I didn't expect to be playing in the final, no, that's for sure". Though he has played a lot of tennis this week, Lopez certainly has the advantage considering his grass court record over Simon, and general grass court history as well, and should be able to claim his second Queen's title on Sunday.

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