LONDON — Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez will play Gilles Simon in the Queen's Club final after rallying to beat Canadian teenager Felix Auger-Aliassime 6-7 (3), 6-3, 6-4 on Saturday.
The semifinal between the 37-year-old Lopez and 18-year-old Auger-Aliassime saw the biggest age differential in an ATP semifinal or final since the 43-year-old Ken Rosewall defeated 23-year-old American Pat Dupre to reach the Hong Kong Grand Prix final in 1977.
Lopez saved all eight break points he faced and converted two of his own to beat Auger-Aliassime in 2 hours, 16 minutes and advance to his first final since 2017, when he defeated Marin Cilic here. Then 35, he became the tournament's oldest champion. On Sunday, he will become its oldest finalist.
Auger-Aliassime hit 25 aces compared to the Spaniard's 15 and will have to wait before cracking the top 20 in the rankings. A win would have been enough for the Canadian, who is a career-high No. 21.
Simon earlier defeated the fourth-seeded Daniil Medvedev 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-3 in 2 hours, 37 minutes.
Lopez has won five of their seven meetings and all four of their matches on grass.
But Lopez is also helping Andy Murray on his comeback from five months out after hip surgery. After beating Auger-Aliassime, Lopez and Murray completed their doubles with a 6-4, 7-6 (3) win over British duo Daniel Evans and Ken Skupski. They were to play the doubles semifinal later Saturday.
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