Sixteen years after making his Davis Cup debut, the Spanish veteran Feliciano Lopez was in Madrid at the Davis Cup Finals, ready to give his best to help his country. Feliciano claimed two doubles triumphs versus Russia and Great Britain, stepping up and embracing singles duties against the Britons as well since his teammates were not ready to give 100%.
Lopez lost to Kyle Edmund 6-3, 7-6, suffering the 445th ATP singles loss and topping the negative record-charts, becoming the player with most ATP losses in the Open era. Fabrice Santoro was the record holder for years but that all changed in 2019, with Lopez suffering 15 defeats that carry him in front of the Frenchman.
Lopez is the tournament director of the Madrid Masters although he still loves to compete, claiming the title at the ATP 500 event at Queen's, his first in two years, and securing the 18th consecutive year-end top-100 finish.
Feliciano made an ATP debut in Barcelona 1998 at the age of 16, losing to Jiri Novak 6-0, 6-2 for the first ATP defeat in a career. In 2000, Lopez had the opportunity to play the second ATP match in Estoril, struggling to move forward from the Challenger level and become a regular top-100 player.
The Spaniard grabbed the first ATP wins in Vina del Mar 2001 and made a breakthrough run in 2002 when he scored 18 wins that carried him into the top-70. In the next 17 years, Lopez was one of the most persistent competitors, entering a significant number of tournaments and joining Santoro on the list of players with most ATP events played in a career.
Also, he was there to compete at 71 consecutive Majors, never missing one since Roland Garros 2002 and standing as the record holder ahead of Fernando Verdasco and Roger Federer. Feliciano will compete in 2020 as well, looking to add more tournaments and match wins to his tally and try to wrap up another year in the top-100 at the age of 39.