That’s a rap for the ATP grass court swing, as Wimbledon now takes centre stage. There were comebacks and throwbacks, new faces and old, and some astonishing tennis.
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Borna Coric v Joao Sousa (Halle – R2)
Defending champion Borna Coric showed why he is now an established top 20 player in this thrilling duel with Joao Sousa. There was nothing to separate the two in three hours of fierce baseline exchanges, and the lung-busting action didn’t even stop at match point.
Nicolas Mahut v Stan Wawrinka (Queen’s – R2)
After impressively dispatching an in-form Dan Evans, Stan Wawrinka was many people’s pick for the title. And being a set to the good against Nicolas Mahut, all seemed well. But the 2007 finalist fought back with some old school serving and volleying, which made this three-set match a drama not to be missed.
Andy Murray/Feliciano Lopez v Henri Kontinen/John Peers (Queen’s – SF)
The partnership between Feliciano Lopez and Andy Murray saw some outstanding doubles over the week. It was the Brit’s first tournament back since a hip resurfacing surgery; he was impudently pinging returns like he had never been away. But up against last year’s champions it was hardly all plain sailing. John Peers was often too quick at the net for Murray, and it would take the best of the Scot’s competitive instinct to haul them out of this dogfight.
Feliciano Lopez v Gilles Simon (Queen’s – Final)
Feliciano Lopez and Gilles Simon rolled back the years in an absolute classic. It was a fascinating game of chess as Lopez tried to unlock Simon’s stubborn baseline defence with his intricate net play. A tough battle went deep into the third set, but who would triumph to clinch the Queen’s title?
Roger Federer v Jo-Wilfred Tsonga (Halle – R2)
Roger Federer exorcised his John Millman demons in the first round to set up a mouth-watering clash with Jo-Wilfred Tsonga, their first since 2016. The Frenchman had won their last two meetings, and famously beat the Swiss from two sets down at Wimbledon in 2011. He had certainly looked his old, dynamic self in his defeat of Benoit Paire. Could Federer live with a fit and firing Tsonga?
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