Feliciano Lopez has made a huge effort to come back from a two set deficit against qualifier Lukasz Kubot to book his place in the quarterfinals after the 3-6, 6-7, 7-6, 7-5, 7-5 win. The two battled for 4 hours and 18 minutes before Lopez, who was often trailing, managed to finally edge out a win.
By the end of the match Lopez had hit 80 winners and 28 aces to delight Judy Murray by booking a quarterfinal against her son Andy – her two favourite men in one place. Lopez has never beaten Murray.
World No. 44 Lopez trailed 5-6 and 6-7 in the third-set tie-break, before battling back to clinch victory by breaking Kubot in the final game of the match after four hours and 18 minutes. It was the third time in his career that the Madrid native has recovered from a two-set deficit to win.
“To be honest, was so difficult for me to come back because he was playing unbelievable. (He was hitting) winners from all over the court, serving, returning, great volleys. I didn’t know what to do to change the way of the match, to be honest. In the tie-break in the third set, I was still fighting there. Little bit lucky I came back with the match point with this passing shot. Then I won the third set and I had more hopes that I could win the match.”
Lopez will now focus on recovering enough to have the stamina to challenge the very fit Murray who seems to be finding form and will like his chances now that Rafael Nadal is in doubt to continue his tournament.
“I know that if I want to beat Andy here, I have to play good. But I have had a couple of good wins during this tournament. I beat Andy Roddick. I have a great comeback today after two sets to love. I have to believe that I can win. I know that I have to play good if I want to beat Andy. But I’m ready for the battle.”