Lopez tops Simon on grass at Aegon in three sets

June 22, 2013 at 2:02 PM

EASTBOURNE, England, June 22 (UPI) -- Spain's Feliciano Lopez battled windy conditions and a game opponent in Giles Simon Saturday to win the Aegon International in England.

Lopez outlasted the second-seeded Frenchman in the Wimbledon grass-court tuneup 7-6 (7-2), 6-7 (5-7), 6-0.

Simon battled back from 1-4 to win the second set, but Lopez prevailed in a third set that was more competitive than the 6-0 score indicated. Lopez fired 16 aces versus four for Simon.

The match lasted nearly 3 hours in the blustery conditions in Eastbrooke.

Lopez, who won his first title since 2010, will face Simon again in the first round at Wimbledon, which begins Monday.

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