Feliciano Lopez earns the special Grand Slam record ahead of Roger Federer



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Feliciano Lopez earns the special Grand Slam record ahead of Roger Federer

The 37-year-old Feliciano Lopez is experiencing the second youth at the moment, winning the title at Queen's and earning Wimbledon wild card. Heading to Queen's with just three ATP wins this season and from outside the top-100, the Spanish veteran took down four rivals (Juan Martin del Potro gave him a walkover) to claim the first title in two years and become the seventh player in the Open era with an ATP title after turning 37.

To make things even better, Lopez won the doubles crown with Andy Murray to find himself in the top-60 on both the singles and doubles ranking list, deciding to prolong a career and stay on the Tour in 2020 as well. Making a debut on the ATP level in Barcelona 1998, Feliciano has played 435 ATP tournaments so far, standing second on the Open era list, just six behind the leader Fabrice Santoro whom he should pass by the end of the season.

Also, that success at Queen's means Lopez will have the opportunity to compete at Wimbledon for the 18th time, becoming only the fourth player in the Open era with that many appearances at the most significant tennis event in the world after Roger Federer, Jimmy Connors and Mikhail Youzhny.

Also, Feliciano has become the first player in history with 70 consecutive Grand Slam appearances, never missing a Major since Roland Garros 2002 and earning a massive record in front of Roger Federer and Fernando Verdasco who stand on 65.

As we all know, Roger was the leader of the pack until Roland Garros 2016 when he missed the first Slam in 16 years, offering Lopez a chance to pass him and count to 70, with the 71st coming at the US Open in two months. Fernando Verdasco is on an active streak of 65 and he is still ranked more than good enough to play at Majors for a couple of more years and try to pass the compatriot, entering the 17th consecutive Wimbledon as the seventh player in the Open era who achieved that.