(June 15, 2014) Grigor Dimitrov rallied from match point down to beat Feliciano Lopez to 6-7 (8), 7-6 (1), 7-6 (6) to claim the Queen’s Club crown in London on Sunday.
The Bulgarian’s win over the Spaniard makes him the first player in 2014 to win titles on three different surfaces – London on grass, Acapulco on hardcourt and Bucharest on clay.
“Of course, I’m really happy with the win,” said the fourth seed Dimitrov. “Obviously I knew what I had to do today out on the court, and Feli is one of those competitors that when it comes to fast surfaces, he’s always very tricky to play.
“Down match point in the second set wasn’t the coolest thing, but, you know, I just fought hard. I just left everything out on the court – that was my main goal. I achieved what I was looking for.”
“I think when you face players like Grigor, you know that even playing the way I played today there is a chance to lose because he’s a great player,” said Lopez. “He never gives up, as he showed today.
“It’s tough to lose when you play such a great match, but you have to take it the other way, no? Overall it was a great week for me. It has been a great preparation for Wimbledon, and hopefully in Eastbourne next week I can do well again.”
Since hiring coach Roger Rasheed in the Fall of 2013, Dimitrov has also won titles in Stockholm, Acapulco and Bucharest.
Dimitrov’s girlfriend, French Open champion Maria Sharapova, was among the crowd during the final.