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The first week of the grass-court season is in the books, and while there was much brilliance being flashed (see Grigor Dimitrov’s mile long slide, or Dustin Brown’s death-defying grass game), this point, played by Radek Stepanek and Feliciano Lopez during the first-set tiebreaker of their Aegon Championships semifinal at Queen’s Club, most certainly takes the cake.

Grass is definitely the toughest surface to defend on, based on the low bounce, speed of surface and overall slipperiness of the stuff, but Radek Stepanek defends his baseline admirably against the net-rushing Lopez in this epic point--not once, not twice, but three times--with perfectly placed defensive lobs.

Finally, after Lopez offers up a short lob reply to Stepanek's third lob, the Czech puts away the overhead smash ever so carefully (as if playfully begging Lopez to keep the point alive) and joins the crowd in celebrating his job well done.

It was the best news of the day for Stepanek, as Lopez would go on to win the match in straight sets.