Murray crowns return by claiming Queen's doubles title with Lopez

Feliciano Lopez of Spain reacts after defeating Gilles Simon of France 6-2/6-7/7-6 in their men's singles final match at the Queens Club tennis tourna

Federer is a month older than Lopez.

Former world No. 1 Andy Murray's dream return continued on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) as he and Feliciano Lopez progressed to the doubles final at Queen's, beating the defending champions in the semifinals. He could be grateful to Lopez, who put in an extraordinary effort, finishing five matches in all over the weekend, ending up winning both the singles and doubles events.

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.

The match turned at the start of the second as the young Canadian missed a chance to secure a crucial break then dropped serve for the first time all week, before Lopez remained resolute on serve to even up the contest.

However, his brilliance was epitomized when he fired an unstoppable forehand victor off a Kontinen serve to secure a break point and they moved 6-5 ahead when Peer fired long.

Lopez defied his 37 years to win three matches in a day on Saturday at Queen's club.

I've said since my operation I ultimately would like to return to playing singles, but honestly I don't mind either way.

Asked about whether he could target the singles at the U.S. Open, Murray said: "Potentially, yeah". I felt very relaxed at the beginning of the week and was getting more nervous as the week went on and my competitive instincts kicked in. "I would never have imagined I could reach the final of Queen's at 37 years old".

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The Frenchman has gone the distance in all four of his matches this week, including the longest match in the history of Queen's Club against Nicolas Mahut, a three hour 20 minute marathon, on Thursday. That's what I do.

Lopez said that if anyone had told him he would have played this much a week ago he would have said they were "crazy". Express Sport looks back at their path to the final. Simon then sealed victory in emphatic style to become the first French finalist here since Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in 2011.

"It's been brilliant, I've really enjoyed it", Murray said of his first competition since undergoing "life-changing" hip surgery earlier this year.

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

Murray and Lopez were broken in the seventh game of the match and, as a result, they looked like losing the opener.

Lopez hoped to close out the match at 6-5 and had a match point which he dumped into the net. Obviously we're a bit disappointed now, but we'll look back and see we played well this week."A forehand victor from Salisbury on Murray's serve gave his team a 4-3 lead in the opening set, but the Brit couldn't convert on a set point on his serve at 5-4 and sent a forehand volley long".

Feliciano Lopez needed to stretch during breaks. The pair produced a series of fine shots in the championship tiebreak and were able to wrap up the decider 10-5.

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