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Gasquet, Lopez reach final in Eastbourne at Aegon

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6/20/2014 1:16:48 PM
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Eastbourne, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed Richard Gasquet and reigning champion Feliciano Lopez booked spots in Saturday's final at the Aegon International tennis event, a final grass-court Wimbledon tune-up.

The French star Gasquet cruised past Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-2, while the third-seeded Lopez, playing in his second match of the day, handled American Sam Querrey 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) in Friday's semifinals at Devonshire Park.

The grass-court-loving Lopez was forced into double duty because of weather problems here on Thursday and opened his day Friday with a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Frenchman Jeremy Chardy.

The left-handed Lopez, who was last week's grass-court runner-up at The Queen's Club in London, captured last year's Eastbourne title by besting France's Gilles Simon in the finale.

Gasquet will meet Lopez for a sixth time on the ATP World Tour, seeking a sixth win. The two haven't met since 2010.

Gasquet, who just turned 28 on Wednesday, will appear in his 22nd career ATP final, seeking an 11th title and his first one of 2014. He was a runner-up in Montpellier in his native France in February.

The 33-year-old Lopez is 3-7 in his career finals, including the loss last week in London. His last title came here in Eastbourne 12 months ago.

Richard Gasquet  (Photo: The Canadian Press)

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(Photo: The Canadian Press)
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