Feliciano is eternal

Lopez, who came back from 0-2 for the sixth time, becomes the first player to win two games in a major at age 39 or older since Rosewall in 1978. Loss of Andújar.


Feliciano López wants to stay a few more days in Melbourne to enjoy his 75th consecutive Grand Slam. He misses his wife and his newborn son, Darío, but at 39 he still has tennis to shine in a tournament of the highest category. This Thursday, the man from Toledo starred in a spectacular comeback against the Italian, 25 years old and 35th in the world, Lorenzo Sonego: 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and 6-4 in three hours and 18 minutes.

It is the sixth time that Feli has raised a 0-2 in a major. He did it three times at Wimbledon (2002, 2011 and 2016), once at Roland Garros (2009) and another in Australia (2015, although it was due to the withdrawal of Mannarino). In addition, the Spaniard becomes the first tennis player to win two games in a major with the oldest since the legendary Ken Rosewall did it at the 1978 Australian Open at the age of 44.

Feliciano gave a classic tennis recital, with those constant raises (80) that are not seen much today and that he solves with his exquisite game on the net. López adapted better to the changing conditions caused by the annoying wind that hit Melbourne Park and was sensational with his serve: 16 aces and 80% of points won with first. In total, he added 42 winners and had a 100% success on the break points (3/3) to take advantage of the few cracks that Sonego left with his serve.In the end, Feliciano didn't even have the strength to celebrate what he had achieved and tears came to his eyes when he sat down, very on the edge, in the chair. A physical marvel that he could with a boy 14 years younger than him and who rose to fame when he beat Djokovic last year in Vienna. The 'grandfather' of the Navy will face Russian Andrey Rublev in the third round on Saturday, who executed the Brazilian Monteiro (6-4, 6-4 and 7-6 (8)).

Andújar squanders 10 break points

Pablo Andújar crashed into the wall of Filip Krajinovic, 28th favorite, before whom he fell for a result that does not do justice to what the Spanish tried during the match: 6-2, 5-7, 6 -1 and 6-4 in 2:57. Andújar wasted 10 of the 13 break balls he had during the match spread over several games. If any of them had materialized, the sign of the party could have changed a lot. In fact, when Cuenca was playing better, his bravery was not rewarded in a third set that he lost in a resounding way. Krajinovic played calmly, waiting for the mistake of his rival (58 unforced errors), a bit against his nature, and it went well. In the third round he will face Medvedev or Carballés.

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