Feliciano Lopez and Gilles Simon struck a blow for the old guard as they both held off two of the sport’s most exciting young hustlers to reach the Queen’s Club final on Saturday.
First Frenchman Simon, 34, ground down 23-year-old Russian fourth seed Daniil Medvedev 6-7(4) 6-4 6-3 in baseline war of attrition, then 37-year-old Lopez used his vast experience to down 18-year-old Canadian Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7(3) 6-3 6-4.
Left-handed Spaniard Lopez, who has slipped to 113th in the rankings and required a wildcard, is the oldest player to reach the Queen’s final having won the tournament two years ago.
Simon will be aiming to become the first Frenchman to triumph at the prestigious grasscourt event.
Lopez will also co-star in the doubles final with five-times singles champion Andy Murray, delighting crowds on his return from hip surgery, they beat third seeds Henri Kontinen and John Peers at the end of a marathon afternoon at the London club.
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