Lopez Heats Up With Eastbourne Win Before Wimbledon, Bautista Agut Wins Maiden Title at Den Bosch
After coming up just a point short of taking the title at Queens club, Feliciano Lopez repeated as Eastbourne champion with a three set victory over top seed Richard Gasquet 6-3 6-7 7-5.
Lopez was able to bounce back after having a chance to close out the match in straight sets and breaking for the win over the Frenchman.
Lopez has been on fire the past two weeks and he didn’t drop a set against Tobias Kamke, Jeremy Chardy and Sam Querrey this week.
Gasquet found some form with a three set win over Bernard Tomic, and straight set victories over Martin Klizan and Denis Istomin.
Treat Huey and Dominic Inglot won the doubles title, they beat Alex Peya and Bruno Soares in the final.
Roberto Bautista Agut won a much deserved first career ATP title in Den Bosch this week. The Spaniard has now moved into the top 30 and is having a career season. He improves to 1-1 in ATP finals in his career.
RBA beat former champion Benjamin Becker 2-6 7-6 6-4 in the final and he played some long matches this week, as his semifinal win over Jurgen Melzer had a 4-6 6-2 7-6 scoreline, and his quarterfinal win over Nicolas Mahut had a 6-3 4-6 6-3 scoreline. RBA also beat Daniel Gimeno-Traver and Matt Ebden this week.
The German vet Becker reached his third career ATP final and his first since 2009 with a three set win over Marcel Granollers, a straight sets drubbing of Dudi Sela, a three set victory over Vasek Pospisil and a two set win over Joao Sousa.
His play was a welcome surprise this week and Den Bosch was an entertaining event even without a lot of big names
in the field.
Jean-Julien Rojer/Horia Tecau won the doubles title over Santiago Gonzalez and Scott Lipsky.
—Steen Kirby, Tennis East Coast