Feliciano Lopez Rewrites Grand Slam History At Australian Open - UBITENNIS
Connect with us

ATP

Feliciano Lopez Rewrites Grand Slam History At Australian Open

The Spaniard has achieved TWO unique milestones with his latest win at Melbourne Park.

Avatar

Published

on

Incredibly Feliciano Lopez’s run of appearances in Grand Slam tournaments is a longer period than what Italy’s Jannik Sinner has been alive for.

 

Despite his age the 39-year-old Spaniard is proving at the Australian Open that he still has what it takes to compete with the best in the world. Currently ranked 65th in the world Lopez battled back from two sets down to defeat Lorenzo Sonego 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5, 6-4, in the second round on Thursday. To put that achievement into perspective, he is the oldest player to win a major match from two sets down since Ken Rosewall at the 1974 Wimbledon Championships.

“The first two sets I didn’t start it quite well, he was a better player. I didn’t find a way, honestly, during the first two sets,” said Lopez. “Then all of a sudden after the break everything changed. The conditions are pretty fast, I would say, especially today.”

Proving that age is just a number, Lopez’s average service speed registered at 187kmh which is just 4kmp less than work No.1 Novak Djokovic during his second round match. Overall, he produced 16 aces and 42 winners. Not a bad performance from the second oldest player in the top 100 after Roger Federer.

Lopez’s latest triumph also makes him the oldest player to reach the third round of the Australian Open since 1978. Incredibly Melbourne is the 75th Grand Slam he has played in a row, having not missed one since the 2002 French Open. Although his main draw debut in a major started back in 2001 with a match he still remembers now.

“I think I got killed in the first round by Carlos Moya, if I’m not wrong. I qualified and I lost to him,” Lopez reflected.
“He was my idol when I was growing up as a junior, Carlos was always someone I really admired when I started playing professionally. For me it was like a gift to play against Carlos in the French Open.’
“I think he was a much better player than me. But this is my first memory from a slam.”

On the ATP Tour Lopez’s Grand Slam tally of 76 appearances has only been surpassed by Roger Federer who is on 79. He has not given a firm outline on when he may potentially retire from the sport but he is already venturing outside of competitive tennis. Lopez is also the tournament director of the Madrid Open.

As for the future of the sport itself, the former world No.12 has come out in favour of retaining the best-of-five set format in the Grand Slams.

“I love the five-setters,” he stated. “Five-set matches bring something different to tennis, especially when they go into the fifth set, sometimes you have big matches and I honestly love them.’
“I don’t know if they are the best, given the circumstances that we have right now where most of the players we haven’t played much in the last year nearly one year and a half. This I don’t know. But I wouldn’t change the five-set matches in the slams.”

Lopez will play seventh seed Andrey Rublev in the third round.

ATP

Andy Murray – “It’s Just Not Good Enough”

The three-time Grand Slam champion spoke to the media about his current form and plans for the coming weeks following his loss in Rotterdam on Wednesday.

Avatar

Published

on

After falling to world number 8 Andrey Rublev in the second round of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament Andy Murray shed light on his current form on the Tour.

 

The former world No.1 fell 7-5, 6-2, to the Russian in what was only his second match on the ATP Tour this season. Murray missed the Australian Open at the start of the year after testing positive for COVID-19 and subsequently turned to the Challenger Tour. Against Rublev, the illustrated Brit illustrated glimmers of her usual grit but admits that there is still more work that needs to be done as he aims to return back into the world’s top 100 for the first time since 2018. Below is a summary of the key quotes from Murray in his latest press conference :-

He started by answering what positives he could take from the match despite the loss.

“From the positive side I thought I moved well for the first hour or so. He (Rublev) is one of the bigger hitters on the tour and in the first set I felt like he wasn’t getting that many free points from the back of the court and he’s having to work hard to get the ball through me so I thought that was positive. I did some things quite well in the first set but when it mattered I didn’t play well.”

Murray would continue to add what he felt he did wrong and what was the main reason he lost to such a young talented player who in the second set basically dominated from start to finish.

“It’s just not good enough and your playing one of the best players in the world like in those moments they come up with something great to win those points it’s understandable and you expect that but I felt in the moment at the end of the first set that I blew it. The second set he was for sure much better than me no question about that, there are things like I’m not used to making those errors in those moments and I find it quite frustrating mentally and find myself looking back on those moments little bit too much which affected me a bit in the second set, I’m disappointed and felt like I should have won that first set”

He was then asked about his upcoming schedule and the fact there aren’t a lot of hard court tournaments left before the clay court swing.

“So I don’t play well on clay is that the suggestion”

He would continue his answer and say the following.

“I want to play as much as I can but baring in mind that I still have to be smart with the decisions about which tournaments I play and how many events in a row I play, the last time I played four weeks in a row and a lot of consecutive matches I picked up an issue and I need to be mindful of that but I wanna try and play. Next week, I will have off, I will go home now and then hopefully be able to play in Dubai and Miami and than see from there. There is the option to play the full clay court swing, there’s the option to drop down and play challengers to get more matches and build more robustness in my body, I kinda feel like I want to play at this level because I learned a lot from a match like tonight even though I lost.”

Continue Reading

ATP

Andrey Rublev Ousts Andy Murray In Rotterdam To Reach Quarter-Finals

The Russian world number 8 booked his spot in the final eight after beating the Scott in rather convincing fashion.

Avatar

Published

on

Andrey Rublev is into the last eight of the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam after beating Andy Murray in straight sets 7-5, 6-2. The world number 8 fired 24 winners in the match while Murray hit 20 unforced errors.

 

Both players did a good job holding their opening service games and there were some amazing rallies to indicate that a was battle beckoning. The Scott got the first breakpoint of the match at 3-2 but it was quickly saved by the number 3 seed and he managed to hold serve.

It wasn’t until 5-5 when Murray seemed to crack in his service game and after giving up a breakpoint served a double fault to give the Russian the 6-5 lead. Rublev would serve out the first set to take it 7-5.

Winning the first set gave the world No.8 the momentum early in the second set and at 2-2 he earned two breakpoints off a unforced error from the world number 123. Breaking with a stunning forehand winner to take a 3-2 lead.

After securing the break and holding serve he continued to attack and pressure the Murray serve. Once again the Murray serve cracked and he double faulted again to give the Russian a 5-2 lead. Rublev would serve out the match in style and finished with his trademark forehand cross-court to seal the victory.

“It was a really tough match, I mean we had a lot of rallies, like I said before with Andy I cannot rush, I cannot play my usual style of play, he’s hitting every single ball so I need to slow down,” Said Rublev.
I need to mix (my shots) because Andy is really great at defense and he make you play tough balls that is not easy to attack. He is waiting for the moment for you to rush and in my case I needed to slow down and to wait for the right ball to play rallies and than when you have the right ball to play aggressive and take a lead.”

He will next play the winner of Jeremy Chardy vs and David Goffin in the quarter-finals.

A day of upsets

It was not a good day to be a seeded player in Rotterdam as three top names crashed out of the tournament. The top seed Daniil Medvedev was sent packing by Dusan Lajovic in straight sets 7-5,6-4, Alejandro Davidovich Fokina beat the number 5 seed Roberto Bautista Agut 6-2,7-6, while Alexander Zverev was stunned by Alexander Bublik 7-5,6-3.

Elsewhere David Goffin beat Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4,6-0, Tommy Paul beat Italian Lorenzo Sonego 6-4, 7-6, and Kei Nishikori kept his run going by beating Alex De Minaur in three sets 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Continue Reading

ATP

Stefanos Tsitsipas Pledges To Raise Money For Charity In Doubles

The world No.6 has vowed to support a cause which is close to his heart.

Avatar

Published

on

Greek tennis star Stefanos Tsitsipas has said he will donate €3000 to a charity close to his heart for every win he achieves in the doubles.

 

The world No.6 is playing at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam this week where he is the second seed. Tsitsipas has also paired up with his brother Petros to play in the doubles tournament. It is the fourth time they have played together on the ATP Tour and they are yet to win a match at that level. Earlier this year the Tsitsipas brothers lost in the first round of the Australian Open.

“I have not said this publicly again, but I do not mind sharing it. I decided that for every victory we will make with Petros on the tour, I will donate 3,000 euros to “Together for the Children,” Tsitsipas told reporters following his win first round win in the singles on Tuesday.
“They will go to this organization, I have been supporting them for a few years now as an ambassador and I see it as something that can push us to win even more.”

Together for Children is a Greek non-government Association of various member organizations that provides support to an estimated 30,000 children each year. Those organisations support children who have been affected by factors such as chronic illness, the loss of a family member, domestic violence and other issues. Tsitsipas is one of two ambassadors along with TV presenter Duchess Nomikou.

“I met the people of “Together for Children” and I was inspired by the work they offer to thousands of children in need in Greece who face difficulties in their daily lives. I believe it is my duty to contribute to the efforts made for these children,” the three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist is quoted as saying on their official website.

Tsitsipas’ first doubles match will be Wednesday afternoon when he and his brother face the Belgian duo of Joran Vliegen and Sander Gillé who won the Singapore Open last week. The last time they won a competitive match together was back in 2016 when they reached the final of a ITF Futures tournament in Santa Margherita Di Pula, Italy.

As for the singles, Tsitsipas will return to action on Thursday to take on Poland’s Hubert Hurkacz in the second round. This week he is seeking to win his first title of any sport since February 2020.

“We’ve played a lot in the past. He’s a great opponent, he’s been giving me a hard time. It’s a challenge going into that match,” he said of facing Hurkacz. “He can serve well, he has a great backhand that he can play both cross and down the line, so I think that’s one of his biggest weapons. His forehand, I would say he doesn’t make a lot of mistakes from that side. But overall he’s a very solid, very consistent player.”

Tsitsipas has a win-loss record of 7-1 so far this season.

Continue Reading
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

Trending