Lopez retains Eastbourne title
Eastbourne, England (SportsNetwork.com) - Feliciano Lopez of Spain won the Aegon International tennis tournament for the second straight year on Saturday, beating top seed Richard Gasquet in three sets in the championship match.
The third-seeded Lopez defeated Gasquet by a 6-3, 6-7 (5-7), 7-5 margin at Devonshire Park, securing his fourth tour-level trophy overall.
Gasquet had won all of the pair's previous five matchups.
The left-handed Lopez, who was last week's runner-up at another grass-court event at The Queen's Club in London, captured last year's Eastbourne title by besting France's Gilles Simon in the finale.
Lopez is the first player to reach back-to-back grass-court finals prior to Wimbledon since 2001, when Lleyton Hewitt and Thomas Johansson were in consecutive finals.
Gasquet, meanwhile, was denied his third Aegon International crown, having triumphed in 2005 and 2006 when the event was held in Nottingham. He fell to 10-12 in career finals.
06/21 13:38:46 ET