Grigor Dimitrov staved off match point against Feliciano Lopez to claim his first-ever grass court title at the Queen’s Club Aegon Championships.
The 23-year-old ground his way to a gritty 6-7 (8-10) 7-6 (7-1) 7-6 (8-6) victory over Spaniard Lopez, for his third title of the season and his career.
The fourth-seeded Bulgarian claimed glory and the £74,654 winner’s purse, converting his second match point in the final-set tie-break.
Highly-rated Dimitrov has long been tipped for a grand slam-winning future and he can now attack Wimbledon with increased hope.
Meanwhile, Britain’s 24-year wait for a doubles champion at Queen’s continues after Jamie Murray and John Peers were unable to topple second seeds Alexander Peya and Bruno Soares.
Scot Murray and Australian Peers lost their fourth consecutive clash with Austrian Peya and Brazilian Soares, losing the champions’ tie-break in a close-fought encounter.
Murray and Peers claimed the first set 6-4, and broke the tournament second favourites in the first game of the second set.
Their seasoned opponents fought back to square the tie, taking the second set 7-6 (7/4), to tee up the decisive first-to-10 tie-break, played in lieu of a third set.
Peya and Soares won out 10-4 to claim the title, leaving 28-year-old Murray deflated not to convert such a promising start.
Jeremy Bates remains Britain’s last doubles title-winner at the Queen’s Club Aegon Championships, back in 1990.
Neil Broad made the final in 1993, and Murray had impressed in being the first Brit to follow suit.