Queen's Club Championships 2019: 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez beats Gilles Simon in thrilling three-set clash to become oldest singles champion

London: Feliciano Lopez became the oldest Queen's singles champion aged 37, beating Frenchman Gilles Simon in a thrilling three-set clash on Sunday 6-2, 6-7 (4/7), 7-6 (7/2).

 Queens Club Championships 2019: 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez beats Gilles Simon in thrilling three-set clash to become oldest singles champion

Feliciano Lopez holds aloft his Queen's Cup trophy. AP

The Spaniard — the first wildcard to win the key Wimbledon warm-up event since Pete Sampras in 1999 — is the lowest-ranked player to win the title at 113 since 108th-ranked Australian Scott Draper in 1998.

While Lopez has had a tiring week — he still has to play the doubles final with Andy Murray — Simon also played inspired tennis despite all his matches going to three sets.

However, despite levelling the match after Lopez cruised through the first set, the 34-year-old just fell short of becoming the first Frenchman to win the title.

Lopez was the second 37-year-old to win an ATP tournament on Sunday after Roger Federer claimed his record-extending 10th Halle title.

Updated Date: Jun 23, 2019 21:30:27 IST