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French Open proves to be too bitter for 船eliciano´ Lopez as his curse continues

French Open proves to be too bitter for 船eliciano´ Lopez as his curse continues

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by Princy James

Feliciano Lopez was once again shown the doors at the French Open without winning a match, that too, for the tenth time! This time, the honours went to Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili, who ousted the Spaniard in straight sets -- 6-3, 7-6(9), 6-3.

The 33-year-old Spaniard, dubbed ‘Deliciano’ for his killer looks, reached his career best ranking in April this year as he moved up to the 12th position in the ATP rankings, the closest he got to cracking the top 10 margin ever in his career.

The early exit will be a blow for his long-time dream of making it to the top 10. Lopez has been an odd man out there because of his unconventional game that relies on offense, not to mention the single-handed backhand, all of which keeps him apart from fellow Spaniards who are famous for their aggressive defensive style.

Given that, his loss isn’t that surprising. Although he has an impressive grass-court record, having reached the WImbledon quarterfinals three times, he never got lucky with the red dirt. Compared to the other Majors, his win-loss record in French Open is 8-15, which speaks for itself.

His best ever record here is reaching the fourth round in 2004, where he lost to three-time champion Gustavo Kuerten. .

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