Amidst the buzz surrounding Murray's return from career-saving hip surgery, it was rather lost that Lopez is a handy singles player in his own right and actually won this title just two years ago.
However, his brilliance was epitomized when he fired an unstoppable forehand victor off a Kontinen serve to secure a break point and they moved 6-5 ahead when Peer fired long.
Murray's career looked as though it may have been over earlier this year, when he broke down in tears before the start of the Australian Open in January, saying his quality of life was being affected by pain cause from a hip injury.
Simon, bidding to become the first Frenchman to win the title in the professional era, served his first double-fault of the match at 2-3 and then watched in disbelief as Lopez picked off his dipping backhand pass with a lunging volley.
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Hunter (No. 4 overall ) and Jerome (No. 24 overall ) were first round selections. France previously held the record with five players taken in the 2016 draft.
Goffin, who was playing in his first final since 2017, made life hard for Federer in the first set, forcing him to save three break points without having to face any of his own, but the world No 3 upped his level in the tie-break and maintained it from there to win his 102nd tour-level title in just over an hour.
Salisbury and Ram battled back valiantly to take the second and send the final into a match tiebreaker. It would be nice to play at the U.S. Open, but if I don't - look, I got so much enjoyment and happiness after winning a first-round doubles match here that, you know, that's enough. "And I do it for long", Simon told reporters.
Lopez paid a handsome tribute to Murray and said if he continued on this trajectory he should be back playing singles.
Lopez hoped to close out the match at 6-5 and had a match point which he dumped into the net.
"It was a good match".
Murray said that while he had not made up his mind about a return to singles, the US Open would be the tournament where it could happen. Though he has played a lot of tennis this week, Lopez certainly has the advantage considering his grass court record over Simon, and general grass court history as well, and should be able to claim his second Queen's title on Sunday.
Murray and Lopez, though, were not to be denied and, despite some nervy moments in the champions tie-break, they came through and just about had the energy to embrace each other and raise a hand to the crowd at the end.