• Simon, Lopez battle for Eastbourne title

    6/22/13 12:51 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Simon, Lopez battle for Eastbourne title Second seed Gilles Simon looks to complete a title-winning run at the AEGON International, as he takes the court against Spain's Feliciano Lopez. The players are slated to contest their career meeting on Saturday.

    World No. 17 Gilles Simon leads World No. 39 Feliciano Lopez 1-0 in the series, having won their only previous meeting at the 2008 tournament in Rotterdam. Saturday signals their first match on grass.

    Simon advanced to the championship final after taking out 2011 title winner Andreas Seppi in straight sets. The 28-year-old Frenchman came through the semifinal in 85 minutes, 6-4, 6-3.

    "It was a real battle from the baseline," Simon explained. "Andreas is just a good player. He won two years ago. He made the final here (in 2011). He has very good timing, so he never misses stupid shots. You have to work and play great. I think we played a very high level second set today."

    "It's always strange situation, but at the end of the day I just have to focus on the first one," Simon assessed. "I think it's going to be a tough match against (Lopez). He's a very good grass court player and I think he played a great tournament until now. So I just hope I would play the same kind of tennis as today."

    Simon is seeking his 11th ATP World Tour title on Saturday.

    Lopez is through to the last match of the tournament following his 7-6(3), 6-1 ousting of Croatia's Ivan Dodig. The Spanish veteran held 10 consecutive service games through 66 minutes of play.

    “I'm very happy,” said Lopez. "I mean, for me now to be in the finals of an ATP event, it's a great feeling. It's good for me, for my game and for my confidence for the rest of the year. It's definitely a great week for me.

    “I'm very happy with my performance. Hopefully I can keep playing like this until the end of the year so I can improve my ranking again.”

    Lopez is bidding for his third ATP World Tour championship title.

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Simon and Lopez are slated to face each other in the first round of Wimbledon in a few days. This should be a nice preview.

tj600 , 6/22/13 3:06 PM

Quite an entertaining match despite the windy conditions...

Lopez took the 1st set

phoenix , 6/22/13 5:18 PM

Cant believe this: my 3rd and 4th favourites playing each other :-)

ed251137 , 6/22/13 5:30 PM

Lots of fantastic plays/saves by Simon but Feli can't be denied his first grass title...

phoenix , 6/22/13 7:12 PM

Happy for Feli.


rafaisthebest , 6/22/13 7:34 PM

Congratulations to Feliciano Lopez on winning the tournament!


Augustina08 , 6/22/13 7:46 PM

Great win for Feliciano Lopez! I hope to see the replay on the tennis channel. It sounds like a good match.

This has to feel good for Feli after not having much to celebrate for a while.

Nativenewyorker , 6/22/13 8:59 PM

I like both these guys a lot. Deep down I was wanting Simon to win - however I was delighted for Feli to get his first ATP title.

NNY: Do try to watch. Feli looked gorgeous in his whites and is even better looking with the shorter hair and beard. Mummy Murray will faint with excitement next week ;-)

Not so sure about the beard on Gillou.though.

ed251137 , 6/22/13 10:02 PM


I should also add that I like both of these guys. I love Simon's game. When is on and in his stride, I love to watch him play. He doesn't have the power that so many players have today, but he can get to any ball and return it with interest. He has accuracy and depth in his groundstrokes. I really enjoy watching him.

I have been wanting Feli to wear his hair shorter for some time. Why hide that face? I would have been happy with either guy winning, but Feli just hasn't been playing well so this win is nice for him.

I don't think the beard words for Gillou. I am not a fan of beards on men in general, but with Feli it's hard for him to go wrong. I did not like his hair long. Not a fan.

Yes, Mama Murray will be in seventh heaven when she sees Feli on the court! :)

Nativenewyorker , 6/22/13 10:11 PM

This is the third ATP title Flopez has won. The wind made for a terrible match to watch from what I saw of it.

chr18 , 6/23/13 2:22 AM

Thanks. That's what comes from following two matches at the same time - I was muddling his result with that of Mahut who'd just won his first ever title.

Still it was the first time I've actually watched Feli hoisting a trophy!


ed251137 , 6/23/13 6:24 AM


I did watch the replay of the Feli/Simon match. I commented about it on the other topic thread. I couldn't believe how bad the wind was during the match. At one point the umpire called Feli for a time violation and he got into with him about the crazy wind. He was quite frustrated.

It was a very entertaining match. I was happy to see Feli get the win. Oh and the shorter hair is really so nice on him!

Way to go Feli!

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 6:31 AM

I felt sorry for the umpire being forced by the ludicrous new rule to issue a warning.
I'm just across the Channel from Eastbourne and we had the same wind here -sudden violent gusts swirling around like mini tournados.

ed251137 , 6/23/13 6:57 AM

It's obvious that their hands are tied. If discretion and common sense was allowed, then the umpire would take the windy conditions into account. Feli was trying his best to serve but the wind was making it almost impossible.

I am wondering if that weather is normal for this time of year. I also thought the crowd was sympathetic to the players. They started clapping after Feli had the argument with the umpire.

This new rule enforcement is really such a joke. So what is the player to do - double fault because he can't serve due to severe wind? I don't get it at all.

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 7:17 AM

No its not! So much for global warming - still wearing winter clothes and have the central heating on.

ed251137 , 6/23/13 7:50 AM

4cast for next two weeks is looking good :) which given our dreadful Summer, ho ho, so far, IS pretty amazing.
R u able to get Beeb? Docu about A on 2night.

deuce , 6/23/13 8:41 AM


Are you kidding? Central heating? Here is L.A. it's central air!


Please let that forecast be right! You guys have got to have summer sometime! It sounds like you live near the North Pole! :)

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 10:24 AM

Deuce: Blast it. No. Been waiting 6 weeks for someone to sort it out. Thanks for the tip off though.

What's more I will be dependent on live streaming for the next fortnight. French TV are under the illusion nobody watches unless there is a Frenchie playing! During RG I swear they showed every single match with a French man or woman playing. Even Fed, Nole Rafa et al were sometimes relegated to delayed transmissions (like at 11pm). Cant tell you what it did to my BP!

Somebody else mentoned the frustrating way Eurosport dodges between matches to give live updates. Even worse French Eurosport also cut to the studio for a talking heads slot in the middle of tense battles. I guess they think the average viewer doesn't have the attention span for a five-setter.

Mustn't grouse though. We've come a long way from the days when Wimbledon was the only tennis we could see on TV.

ed251137 , 6/23/13 10:24 AM

Oops sorry in my post @ 10:24 AM I meant to say - here IN L.A. it's central air!

Nativenewyorker , 6/23/13 10:25 AM

ha ha. The only time I use air conditioning is in the car on a sunny day to keep the dog cool.

ed251137 , 6/23/13 11:00 AM

Hope it warms up quickly so Rafa can Play with freedom. The cold is bothersome for his knee.

rafaisthebest , 6/23/13 11:29 AM

What be this "air conditioning" of which you strangely speak? Is it a hot water bottle?.....
Oh bad luck. Expect A's doc will end up on Youtube or Andy's official site perhaps?.
And yes, we have come a long, long way as regarding tennis transmission. But in days long gone you used to be able to just "pop in" to Wimbles :(

deuce , 6/23/13 11:29 AM

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