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López at the 2012 Olympics
20 September 1981 |
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Plays||Left-handed (one-handed backhand)|
|Highest ranking||No. 15 (30 January 2012)|
|Current ranking||No. 37 (24 February 2014)|
|Grand Slam Singles results|
|Australian Open||4R (2012)|
|French Open||4R (2004)|
|Wimbledon||QF (2005, 2008, 2011)|
|US Open||4R (2007, 2010)|
|Olympic Games||3R (2004, 2012)|
|Highest ranking||No. 37 (1 November 2004)|
|Current ranking||No. 159 (15 July 2004)|
|Grand Slam Doubles results|
|Australian Open||QF (2009)|
|French Open||3R (2003)|
|US Open||QF (2004, 2008)|
|Other Doubles tournaments|
|Olympic Games||SF – 4th (2012)|
|Davis Cup||W (2004, 2008, 2009, 2011)|
|Last updated on: December 16, 2013.|
Feliciano López Diaz-Guerra (Spanish pronunciation: [feliˈθjano ˈlopeð ˈðiaðˈɣera]; born 20 September 1981) is a Spanish professional male tennis player. He was born in Toledo and now lives in the Spanish capital, Madrid. Lopez achieved his current career-high singles ranking of World No. 15 in January 2012.
In 2005, he was the first male Spanish tennis player to reach the quarter-finals of Wimbledon since 1972, when Manuel Orantes reached the semi-finals. This was Lopez's best Grand Slam result thus far and he repeated it at Wimbledon in 2008, losing to Marat Safin in four sets, and again in 2011, losing to Andy Murray in straight sets. Lopez defeated Tim Henman at the 2007 Wimbledon second round in what would be Henman's last Wimbledon match. He is sponsored by Wilson and Joma. In 2009, he played the then-longest match in Australian Open history, losing to Gilles Müller, before the Novak Djokovic–Rafael Nadal final and Rafael Nadal–Fernando Verdasco semifinal eclipsed it in time. Throughout his career, he has played in the most 5 set matches that have gone beyond 6–6, his longest fifth set being 16–14 at the 2009 Australian Open against Gilles Müller.
- 1 Playing style
- 2 Career
- 3 Olympic finals
- 4 ATP career finals
- 5 Singles performance timeline
- 6 Doubles performance timeline
- 7 ATP Tour career earnings
- 8 References
- 9 External links
Lopez is left-handed and uses a single-handed backhand. He will usually slice his backhand instead of opting for the topspin drive. He is known for his strong serve, and ability to play balls repeatedly on the baseline. He is also a confident net player, and has been known to adopt the serve-and-volley routine of play during matches.
In 1997, Feliciano López made his pro circuit debut in Mallorca on 29 September, losing in the second round to Dušan Vemić. In 1998 He made his ATP debut at the 1998 Open SEAT, where he lost to Jiří Novák in the first round. He then competed in the Challengers circuit after this loss, making the quarterfinals of Spain F7 and Spain F8. In 1999 he competed in the Future and Challengers circuit. He won his first Future event in Spain F6 beating Pedro Canovas 6–3, 6–3. He also reached one other final, losing to Reginald Willems, 4–6 5–7 at the Spain F7.
In 2000, Lopez competed in only his second ATP tournament at the 2000 Estoril Open, losing to Juan Antonio Marín 1–6, 4–6. His performance was mediocre in the Challengers circuit, only managing to reach two quarterfinals. 2001 was a better year for Lopez, as he won his second Futures event in France F3, defeating Juan Antonio Marín 6–4, 6–0, and reaching the finals in Maia, losing to Jarkko Nieminen 7–5, 3–6, 4–6. He also made his first ATP win in the 2001 Chevrolet Cup, defeating Adrián García 6–3, 6–3. However, he lost the quarterfinal to eventual champion Guillermo Coria 7–6, 2–6, 5–7. He also made his Grand Slam debut at the 2001 French Open, losing to Carlos Moyá 1–6, 4–6, 0–6.
In 2002 Lopez competed on the ATP circuit regularly. He started the year with his first semifinal at the 2002 ATP Buenos Aires, losing to Nicolás Massú, 6–7, 2–6. He then followed it up with a quarterfinal appearance at the 2002 Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, losing to Antony Dupuis 6–7, 6–7. He also reached the second round of the Miami Masters, losing to Àlex Corretja 3–6, 4–6. He then won his first Grand Slam match at the 2001 French Open, defeating Didac Pérez 4–6, 6–4, 6–2, 4–6, 6–4, before losing to third seed Tommy Haas 3–6, 4–6, 4–6. In his Wimbledon debut, he reached the fourth round, losing to André Sá 3–6, 5–7, 6–4, 3–6, after defeating Guillermo Cañas 4–6, 2–6, 7–6, 7–5, 10–8, in the second round, a match that lasted 3 hours and 40 minutes. This was his first win over a top-20 player. He then gained revenge for his loss to Sá by defeating him in Lopez' US Open debut in the first round 7–5, 7–6, 6–3, before losing to Gastón Gaudio in the next round. He then reached the quarterfinals in Hong Kong (l. to Jonas Björkman) and Tokyo (l. to Vincent Spadea). In Tokyo, he defeated Marat Safin in the second round, 7–6, 7–5, his first win over a top-5 player. He also reached the third round of the 2002 Madrid Masters, losing to Andre Agassi 6–7, 7–6, 5–7. He ended the year in the top 100 for the first time at no. 62.
In 2003, Lopez started the year with first-round exits at Doha and Auckland. He made his Australian Open debut, reaching the third round, but losing to Younes El Aynaoui 7–5, 2–6, 6–7, 6–7. He performed badly in the first rounds in Milan, Marseille, and Rotterdam. He then reached the quarterfinals in Dubai, losing to Tommy Robredo 7–6, 3–6, 4–6, and in Estoril, losing to Max Mirnyi 6–7, 4–6. He then reached the second rounds of 2003 Indian Wells Masters (l. to Andy Roddick) and 2003 Monte-Carlo Masters (l. to Fernando Verdasco). In his second French Open, he lost to Mariano Zabaleta 2–6, 6–7, 0–6. He then once again reached the fourth round of the Wimbledon Championships, where he lost in the first round to Roger Federer, 6–7, 4–6, 4–6. He then reached two straight semifinals in Stuttgart and Kitzbühel, losing both to eventual champion Guillermo Coria. He then continued his form by reaching the quarterfinals at the 2003 Canada Masters, losing to David Nalbandian, 4–6, 4–6. After early losts in Cincinnati Masters, Long Island, the US Open, and Moscow, he reached the quarterfinals of Vienna (l. to Max Mirnyi), of Madrid Masters (l. to Roger Federer), and Basel (l. to Guillermo Coria). He ended the year with second-round exit at the Paris Masters, where he lost to Guillermo Coria, his fifth lost to Coria. He ended the year ranked no. 28.
In 2004, Lopez began the year with a 1–3 record losing in the first rounds of Sydney, the 2004 Australian Open, and Milan, with his only win coming at the Davis Cup. He reached his first final at the 2004 Dubai Open, losing to Roger Federer 6–4, 1–6, 2–6. He then reached the second rounds of the 2004 Indian Wells Masters, the 2004 Miami Masters, the 2004 Open de Tenis Comunidad Valenciana, and the 2004 Monte-Carlo Masters. He also reached the fourth round of the 2004 French Open, losing to Gustavo Kuerten 3–6, 5–7, 4–6. This is the furthest he had reached at the French Open. He then lost in the third round of 2004 Wimbledon, losing to tall Croatian Ivo Karlović 6–7, 6–7, 7–6, 5–7. In his next three tournaments, he reached the second round in Stuttgart, the Canada Masters, and the Cincinnati Masters. He also reached the quarterfinals of Kitzbühel, losing to Fernando Verdasco 2–6, 3–6. In the 2004 US Open, he reached the third round, before losing to eventual runner-up Lleyton Hewitt 1–6, 4–6, 2–6. At the 2004 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, he then won his first title, defeating Guillermo Cañas 6–4, 1–6, 7–5, 3–6, 7–5, in the finals. He ended the year with a quarterfinals appearance at the 2004 Paris Masters, losing to Guillermo Cañas, 3–6, 3–6. He ended the year at world no. 24.
He started 2005 with quarterfinal appearances at the 2005 Qatar ExxonMobil Open (l. to Roger Federer) and at the 2005 Medibank International (l. to Radek Štěpánek). At the 2005 Australian Open the first grand slam of the year, he reached the third round, losing to Joachim Johansson 3–6, 6–3, 7–5, 6–7, 11–13, in a match that lasted almost four hours. This propelled him to no. 20 in the world and the semifinals of 2005 Open 13, once again losing to Joachim Johansson 7–6, 6–7, 4–6. He then reached the third round of the 2005 Indian Wells Masters, losing to Fabrice Santoro 4–6, 2–6, and the quarterfinals of the 2005 Estoril Open, losing to Gastón Gaudio 2–6, 2–6. He then reached his first Grand Slam quarterfinals at 2005 Wimbledon, losing to Lleyton Hewitt 5–7, 4–6, 6–7. He also reached the quarterfinals in Kitzbühel, losing to Mariano Zabaleta 4–6, 2–6. At the 2005 Pilot Pen Tennis, he lost in his third final, even though winning the first set 6–3 losing to James Blake 6–3, 5–7, 1–6. He then reached the quarterfinals of the 2005 BA-CA Tennis Trophy, losing to Radek Štěpánek 6–7, 6–7. He ended the year ranked no. 34.
2006 was a plateau year for Lopez. He suffered early loses althroughout the year. However he did reach the third round of the 2006 Australian Open, losing to Ivan Ljubičić 5–7, 6–7, 0–6. He reached the third round of 2006 Nottingham Open, losing to Jonas Björkman 3–6, 4–6. He reached the final of the 2006 Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, losing to Richard Gasquet 7–6, 6–7, 6–3, 6–3. He reached the third round of the 2006 Legg Mason Tennis Classic, losing to eventual runner-up Andy Murray 5–7, 2–6. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2006 PTT Thailand Open, losing to Jarkko Nieminen 3–6, 5–7. He ended the year at no. 81, 47 spots lower than the previous year.
In 2007, Lopez started the year badly, having a 2–5 record at the his first five tournaments, managing a win only at the 2007 Australian Open, losing to Novak Djokovic 2–6, 5–7, 1–6, and at the 2007 SAP Open losing to Vincent Spadea 6–4, 5–7, 6–7. However, he followed it up with a quarterfinal appearance at the 2007 Tennis Channel Open, losing to eventual champion Lleyton Hewitt 3–6, 2–6. He then lost in the second round of the 2007 Indian Wells Masters, losing to eventual semifinalst Andy Roddick 6–7, 4–6. He then reached the fourth round of the 2007 Miami Masters, losing to eventual champion Novak Djokovic 0–6, 3–6. He then followed up with a 1–5 record, with his only win coming in the 2007 Open SEAT over compatriot Guillermo García-López 7–5, 6–3. He the reached the third round of the 2007 Wimbledon Championships, losing to Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 3–6, 6–7, 3–6, after he ended Tim Henman's Wimbledon career, beating him in a five-set thriller in the second round, having been two sets up. He then reached the semifinals of the 2007 Mercedes Cup, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 1–6, 5–7. He then reached the fourth round of the 2007 US Open, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 6–3, 4–6, 1–6, 4–6, the first set being the least games won by Federer in one set in the whole tournament. He followed it up with three straight quarterfinals at the 2007 AIG Japan Open Tennis Championships, losing to eventual champion David Ferrer 4–6, 4–6, at the 2007 BA-CA-TennisTrophy, losing to eventual runner-up Stanislas Wawrinka 7–6, 3–6, 4–6, and the 2007 Madrid Masters, losing to Roger Federer, 6–7, 4–6. He ended the year ranked no. 35.
In 2008 Lopez once again had a bad start, but rebounded at the 2008 Dubai Tennis Championships by reaching the finals, losing to Andy Roddick 7–6, 4–6, 2–6. He then reached the third round of the 2008 Miami Masters, losing to Dmitry Tursunov 6–4, 3–6, 4–6. He suffered first-round losses at the next three Masters Series at the 2008 Monte-Carlo Masters, the 2008 Rome Masters, and the 2008 Hamburg Masters. However, in the middle of these tournaments, he managed to reach the third round of the 2008 Torneo Godó, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal 4–6, 3–6. He once again lost early in the first rounds of the 2008 French Open and the 2008 Queen's Club Championships. He reached the quarterfinals of the 2008 Wimbledon Championships, for the second time losing to Marat Safin 6–3, 5–7, 6–7, 3–6. He recorded a 2–7 record after Wimbledon with wins coming only at the 2008 Countrywide Classic and at the Davis Cup World Group. He then reached the semifinals of the 2008 Bank Austria-TennisTrophy, losing to eventual champion Philipp Petzschner 6–3, 3–6, 3–6, the semifinals of the 2008 Davidoff Swiss Indoors, losing to eventual champion Roger Federer 3–6, 2–6, and the quarterfinals of the 2008 Mutua Madrileña Masters Madrid, losing to Rafael Nadal 4–6, 4–6. He also helped the Spanish Davis Cup team to win the title against Argentina by beating Juan Martín del Potro 4–6, 7–6, 7–6, 6–3. He ended the year the world no. 31.
In 2009, Lopez started the year with a string of first-round losses, losing in the 2009 Heineken Open to Jarkko Nieminen 2–6, 6–7, in the 2009 Australian Open to Gilles Müller 3–6, 6–7, 6–4, 6–4, 14–16, and in the 2009 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament to Julien Benneteau 4–6, 7–5, 2–6. He then competed in the 2009 Open 13 and made it to the quarterfinals, before losing to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 2–6, 7–6, 4–6. Lopez struggled after this and at one point, he had suffered eight straight main-draw losses in a row. In the midst of his bad run, he won a title at the Open Castilla y León Challenger event, beating Adrian Mannarino in straight sets, 6–3, 6–4. At the inaugural Shanghai Masters, he advanced to his first Master Series semifinal, beating David Ferrer, Jürgen Melzer, and Robin Söderling en route. However, he retired due to right ankle injury in his semifinal match against Rafael Nadal, trailing 1–6, 0–3. Despite his poor year on the ATP tour, Lopez did play a key role for the Spain Davis Cup team, helping them win the 2009 Davis Cup with doubles wins in the quarterfinals, semifinals, and finals.
Lopez started his 2010 season by playing in the 2010 Medibank International Sydney, where he lost to eventual runner-up Richard Gasquet in the first round 1–6, 4–6. He then competed in the 2010 Australian Open, where he reached the third round, defeating Pablo Cuevas 6–1, 6–4, 7–5, and Rainer Schüttler 6–3, 2–6, 6–3, 6–2, but lost to seventh seed Andy Roddick in a close four-setter 7–6, 4–6, 4–6, 6–7. In the 2010 SA Tennis Open as the third seed, he beat Benjamin Balleret, Blaž Kavčič, and Rajeev Ram in the first three rounds, reaching the final after defeating top seed Gaël Monfils 3–6, 6–1, 7–6 in the semifinals. He went on to win the tournament, beating the eighth seed Stéphane Robert 7–5, 6–1. Thus, he ended his five and a half-year title drought, and won just his second ATP-level title. His finals record now improved to 2–4. He lost in the first rounds of the 2010 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and 2010 Dubai Tennis Championships. He then reached the third round of the 2010 BNP Paribas Open, losing to sixth seed Robin Söderling 6–7, 4–6, after defeating Paul-Henri Mathieu 3–6, 6–3, 6–4, and receiving a bye. He lost to Mardy Fish 7–5, 6–3 in the third round, after defeating Michael Berrer 7–6, 7–5, in the 2010 Sony Ericsson Open.
In the European clay season, he lost in the first round of 2010 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters to Tomáš Berdych 3–6, 1–6. He then won his first clay victory of the season by reaching the third round of the 2010 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, losing to Robin Söderling 3–6, 2–6. At the 2010 Internazionali BNL d'Italia, Lopez reached the quarterfinals, losing to Ernests Gulbis 6–7, 1–6, but upset Marin Čilić 2–6, 7–6, 6–4, en route.
After he disappointingly lost in the opening round at the 2010 French Open, he appeared at the 2010 Aegon Championships, the first grass tournament of the year. He beat Grigor Dimitrov and Julien Benneteau 6–2, 6–4, respectively. He went on to stun top seed and world no. 1 Rafael Nadal 7–6, 6–4, to reach the semifinals. There, he lost to Mardy Fish 3–6, 4–6. In the 2010 Aegon International, he retired against a 342th-ranked and local James Ward down 3–6, 4–5. He then played in the 2010 Wimbledon, reaching the third round but losing to Jürgen Melzer 6–4, 3–6, 2–6, 4–6. He then lost three straight matches, beginning in the semifinals of 2010 Farmers Classic to Andy Murray, and the first rounds of 2010 Rogers Cup and 2010 Western & Southern Financial Group Masters. He then reached the fourth round of the 2010 US Open, losing to eventual champion Rafael Nadal in straight sets. He then ended the year with a five-match losing streak, losing in the second round of 2010 Rakuten Japan Open Tennis Championships and the first rounds of the 2010 Shanghai Rolex Masters 1000, the 2010 If Stockholm Open,the 2010 Valencia Open 500, and the 2010 BNP Paribas Masters.
Lopez started his 2011 pre-Australian Open preparations in the 2011 Brisbane International and 2011 Medibank International Sydney, but fell early in both tournaments. He then was upset in the second round of 2011 Australian Open and first round of the 2011 SA Tennis Open by 199th-ranked Bernard Tomic and 235th-ranked Frank Dancevic. He then fell in the second rounds of the 2011 ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament and the 2011 Dubai Tennis Championships. At the Masters 1000, he fell in the first round of the 2011 BNP Paribas Open, the third round of the 2011 Sony Ericsson Open, and the second round of the 2011 Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. He then reached his first quarterfinal of the year at the 2011 Barcelona Open Banco Sabadell, where he fell to Ivan Dodig 4–6, 6–2, 4–6. He reached his first final in over a year at the 2011 Serbia Open in Belgrade, where he lost to Novak Djokovic 6–7, 2–6.
At Wimbledon, Lopez defeated Michael Berrer in the first round, former semifinalist Rainer Schüttler in the second round, and former world no. 1 and three-time finalist Andy Roddick in the third round. In the fourth round, Lopez stormed back from to two sets to love down to take down Polish qualifier Łukasz Kubot. In his third quarterfinal appearance at Wimbledon, Lopez lost to world no. 4 Andy Murray in straight sets.
At the US Open, he lost in the third round, again to Murray 1–6, 4–6, 2–6.
At the 2011 Shanghai Rolex Masters, Lopez beat ninth seed Janko Tipsarević, Alex Bogomolov, Jr., sixth seed Tomáš Berdych, and Florian Mayer, before losing in the semifinals to third seed David Ferrer.
López played in Sydney to tune up for the Australian Open. He had a bye in the first round, then lost to Julien Benneteau in straight sets in the second.
He reached the semifinals in Houston, where Isner took his revenge, beating López in three sets with two tiebreakers. In Barcelona, he beat Flavio Cipolla and Jarkko Nieminen, only to fall to compatriot David Ferrer in the quarterfinals. In Munich, he beat Australian Bernard Tomic in the quarterfinals, but was deafeated by Philipp Kohlschreiber in the semifinals.
Back on clay, he made the quarterfinals in Gstaad, only to be beaten by Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci.
In Beijing, he beat Americans Ryan Harrison and Sam Querrey, before bowing again to Tsonga, retiring at 1–4 in the second set. In Shanghai, he defeated Kohlschreiber in straight sets to set up a meeting with Novak Djokovic, to whom he lost in straight sets.
López played in Sydney as a tune-up event for the 2013 Australian Open. He beat Jérémy Chardy in the opening round in three sets, but he lost in the second round to Kevin Anderson in straight sets. At the Australian Open, he went out in straight sets in the second round to Radek Štěpánek.
Doubles: 1 (0–1)
|4th place||2012||London Olympics||Grass||David Ferrer|| Julien Benneteau
ATP career finals
Singles: 9 (3 titles, 6 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||1 March 2004||Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, U.A.E||Hard||Roger Federer||6–4, 1–6, 2–6|
|Winner||1.||11 October 2004||BA-CA TennisTrophy, Vienna, Austria||Hard (i)||Guillermo Cañas||6–4, 1–6, 7–5, 3–6, 7–5|
|Runner-up||2.||21 August 2005||Pilot Pen Tennis, New Haven, USA||Hard||James Blake||6–3, 5–7, 1–6|
|Runner-up||3.||10 July 2006||Allianz Suisse Open Gstaad, Gstaad, Switzerland||Clay||Richard Gasquet||6–7(4–7), 7–6(7–3), 3–6, 3–6|
|Runner-up||4.||3 March 2008||Barclays Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, U.A.E||Hard||Andy Roddick||7–6(10–8), 4–6, 2–6|
|Winner||2.||6 February 2010||SA Tennis Open, Johannesburg, South Africa||Hard||Stéphane Robert||7–5, 6–1|
|Runner-up||5.||25 April 2011||Serbia Open, Belgrade, Serbia||Clay||Novak Djokovic||6–7(4–7), 2–6|
|Runner-up||6.||24 February 2013||U.S. National Indoor Tennis Championships, Memphis, USA||Hard (i)||Kei Nishikori||2–6, 3–6|
|Winner||3.||22 June 2013||AEGON International, Eastbourne, United Kingdom||Grass||Gilles Simon||7–6(7–2), 6–7(5–7), 6–0|
Doubles: 6 (1 title, 5 runners-up)
|Runner-up||1.||7 May 2001||Majorca Open, Palma de Mallorca, Spain||Clay||Francisco Roig|| Donald Johnson
|Runner-up||2.||19 April 2004||Valencia Open, Valencia, Spain||Clay||Marc López|| Gastón Etlis
|Winner||1.||1 November 2004||Stockholm Open, Stockholm, Sweden||Hard (i)||Fernando Verdasco|| Wayne Arthurs
|Runner-up||3.||18 April 2005||Barcelona Open, Barcelona, Spain||Clay||Rafael Nadal|| Leander Paes
|Runner-up||4.||26 February 2011||Dubai Tennis Championships, Dubai, United Arab Emirates||Hard||Jérémy Chardy|| Sergiy Stakhovsky
|6–4, 3–6, [3–10]|
|Runner-up||5.||2 March 2014||Abierto Mexicano Telcel, Acapulco, Mexico||Hard||Max Mirnyi|| Kevin Anderson
Singles performance timeline
Current till 2014 Australian Open.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
|Summer Olympics||A||Not Held||3R||Not Held||A||Not Held||3R||NH||4–2|
|ATP World Tour Masters 1000|
|Indian Wells Masters||A||A||A||2R||2R||3R||1R||2R||2R||2R||3R||1R||2R||1R||4–11|
|Year End Ranking||269||159||62||28||25||34||81||35||31||47||32||20||40||28|
Doubles performance timeline
Current through the US Open 2013.
|Grand Slam Tournaments|
ATP Tour career earnings
|Year||Majors||ATP wins||Total wins||Earnings ($)||Money list rank|
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