David Ferrer is in his last chapter. Tomas Berdych and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are far from being one of those players who had the audacity to challenge the big names. Andy Murray keeps the hope of returning alive, but no one knows for sure what the real status is. Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer, who despite staying at the top of the world rankings, are not as dominant as in past seasons. It’s hard to accept, but the end of the Golden Age of tennis is closer and closer to the end.
Another reason as to why we are close to the inevitable end is the point of an admirable mark achieved by Feliciano López. It is very possible that the Spaniard, who specializes in serve and volley, is not the first that comes to mind when talking about his generation. However, nobody can deny the quality of his tennis career. López reaches the quarterfinal four times at the Grand Slams – the most recent at the 2015 US Open. He has won titles on all surfaces, a career highlight includes conquering in Queen’s after he defeated Marin Cilic in the final of 2017. Although he never made it into the Top 10, he did manage to be ranked 12th in the world ranking (March 2, 2015).
And that’s just the cover letter in his singles game. As a doubles player, Lopez won Roland Garros alongside his compatriot Marc Lopez, defeating the twins, Bob and Mike Bryan. After partnering once again with Lopez, the Spanish duo reached the final of the US Open in 2017 to be ranked 9th in the doubles rankings. Thanks to an excellent combination of fine touch and lethal attack, the Spaniard has won the admiration of the public wherever he plays.
But now, at 37, the brightness of his career has started to fade. His name is not as frequently seen in the main draw of major events and victories are increasingly scarce. As a result, Feliciano López has dropped out of the top 100 for the first time in a long time. The last time “Feli” had a three digit ranking was on July 8, 2002. At that time, the current No.1 in the world, Novak Djokovic, had not even started his professional career. Meanwhile, Alexander Zverev, was only 5 years old.
An extraordinary run has almost come to an end; yet it is a run that Lopez can be very proud of. He had a historic record of 68 consecutive appearances in Grand Slam tournaments where these numbers truly represent one thing: consistency.
The Toledo born is certain to be remembered as one of the most brilliant tennis players of his generation.
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