Feliciano Lopez has officially consolidated his status as an ATP Tour excellent. His common design of tennis and a penchant for provide-and-volleying have permitted him to enjoy a lengthy vocation that now features 500 Tour-amount match wins. The Spaniard included to his legacy by turning out to be the 10th active player to hit the match wins milestone soon after defeating Karen Khachanov 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 at the Mallorca Championships on Tuesday.
“More than the 500 wins, the vital matter to me is the chance to continue to keep taking part in in these varieties of tournaments and to retain staying competitive,” the Spaniard told ATPTour.com. “I did not be expecting to be capable to play at the stage I am on the ATP Tour at 40 several years of age, which I will be in September.”
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Like a wonderful wine, Lopez has little by little matured his game and his physique to lengthen his expert profession, which commenced in 1997, more than he could have dreamed. “Recent many years have been incredibly good to me. Participating in until eventually this age was sudden, staying equipped to hold winning matches on Tour and, previously mentioned all, to be making the most of the minute. But it is true that winning 500 matches is anything not so many gamers have performed.”
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*Figures present-day as of Tuesday 22 June 2021.
In recent seasons, the Toledo indigenous has been building a further amazing history he is the player with the most consecutive Grand Slam appearances with 76. “To me, the most significant factor is to continue to keep having fun with tournaments like Wimbledon and the US Open up, which are coming up. What helps make me content is just currently being ready to play in them.”
Even with the passing of the years, Lopez has ongoing to insert trophies to his haul, over all on his favourite floor, grass, wherever he has savored a 64.8 successful proportion. His earlier two ATP Tour singles titles arrived at the cinch Championships in London (2017 and 2019).
Of all the victories that adorn his brilliant profession, the two finals on the lawns of The Queen’s Club hold a individual spot in his coronary heart. “The 1st final at Queen’s [in 2017] in opposition to [Marin] Cilic was really special, conserving match position,” he admitted. “I’ve performed it back again a several instances and watched the highlights.”
No significantly less exclusive was his last crown in the English money, the seventh of his vocation. “It arrived a few several years later on and I wasn’t expecting it as substantially,” he explained. “It was a incredibly emotional match and also at a really particular tournament with so a lot historical past and custom.”
Lopez’s checklist of memorable matches does not end there, his love affair with grass has manufactured several much more. “I recall a match at Wimbledon to get to the quarter-finals towards [Marcos] Baghdatis, when I was match position down and I risked a second-provide ace and pulled it off. Also a match with [John] Isner at Wimbledon and a different with [Lukasz] Kubot saving two match details to arrive at the quarters… there have been lots of.”
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Feliciano Lopez fires a signature just one-handed backhand from Karen Khachanov en route to his 500th match earn. Picture Credit score: Manuel Queimadelos/Mallorca Championships
Away from his favoured surface, one more profession spotlight was the match that brought him his very first ATP Tour trophy at the Erste Financial institution Open in Vienna in 2004, when he defeated Guillermo Canas in a 6-4, 1-6, 7-5, 3-6, 7-5 marathon. “I’ll also constantly keep in mind my initial closing in Vienna towards Willy Cañas, which finished 7-5 in the fifth.”
However, he set out on the street to 500 wins a lot before, his pretty initial tour-degree victory coming in Viña del Mar in 2001. 20 many years back, not only did he assert his 1st win on Tour from Adrian García, 6-3, 6-3, he also attained the quarter-finals. “My 1st acquire? Effectively… probably Viña del Mar?” Lopez recalled. “My very first event was in Barcelona, I arrived through qualifying as a child. But I won my initially match in Chile.”
While he is uncertain in his reaction, his memory serves him very well. “At the time, it was impossible to think of every thing that would occur later. I was a boy, a youthful man with prospective like so a lot of many others close to the entire world. It’s real that at any time given that I was small I’d stood out in distinct age types, I was among the the most effective in the earth, but it is very complicated to go from that to owning these types of a extensive profession.”
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Feliciano Lopez created his ATP Tour principal draw debut in 1998 as a qualifier in Barcelona (pictured below in 2002). Image Credit history: Clive Brunskill/Getty Pictures
Lopez started out out like all boys of his generation did, with the hope of sometime profitable a skilled match. “At the time, I didn’t imagine about it significantly. It was exciting to be equipped to be amid so numerous very good gamers, I did not give it any additional imagined than that, but it was a desire.”
Not only did the Spaniard reach his dream, he repeated it 500 times above.
Did You Know?
Lopez is now the seventh player from Spain to cross the 500 wins milestone in the Open up Era, pursuing in the footsteps of Rafael Nadal (1,027), David Ferrer (734), Manuel Orantes (722), Carlos Moya (575), Fernando Verdasco (554) and Tommy Robredo (533).