Feliciano Lopez claimed the biggest title of his career as he battled back to beat Marin Cilic 4-6, 7-6(2), 7-6(8) in an entertaining final of the Aegon Championships at Queen's Club on Sunday.
Lopez prevailed after two hours and 32 minutes, firing 19 aces. Cilic launched 22 aces in defeat, turning aside the lone break point faced. He conceded just one break of serve for the entire tournament (61 of 62 service games won).
The 35-year-old, who suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the 2014 final when he held a match point against Grigor Dimitrov, this time saved a match point in a tense final set tiebreak before toppling the Croat.
In claiming the title, Lopez earns €395,690 in prize money and 500 Emirates ATP Rankings points, while Cilic brings home €193,985 and 300 points. Cilic was bidding for his second Queen's Club title, having lifted the trophy in 2012.
Speaking afterwards, Lopez said he could not recall a point in his career when he has played at a higher level than what he is playing at now.
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"It's tough to believe at 35 years old that I'm playing my best tennis, but yes I am," said Lopez during the trophy ceremony.
"This is definitely one of the best tournaments in the world."