Feliciano Lopez shares regrets for first loss ever to Roger Federer


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Feliciano Lopez shares regrets for first loss ever to Roger Federer

In an interview to Marca Feliciano Lopez recalled his 2003 Wimbledon fourth-round loss to Roger Federer. The Spaniard said: "I was young. A dream match against a very good player who was a top ten but I was leading the head to head meetings, I was feeling comfortable and I could not take advantage of it."

On his beginnings in tennis, Lopez added: "I started playing tennis at 4 or 5 years because of my parents. That's how it was. I really liked tennis. It was going well and the story started a bit there. From 5 to 10 years I was basically playing every day and I loved tennis but like every kid who leaves school and goes playing any sport.

When my father started seeing some of my qualities, he let me go to Madrid to try to make an effort and try to see what was possible. I was training both tennis and physical wise. Then I went to Barcelona at 14 and I started training on clay all the time.

It was different because I was used to playing on hard and the clay-court tennis was not the one I wanted to play. I was doubtful about my gamestyle because of the surface transition. But it was a great experience for me. With grass, it was a first sight view.

In Wimbledon being outside of top 100 rankings, I won three main draws matches although there were no grass courts at the time." Lopez was asked to draw the perfect player. The Spaniard said: "Nadal's mental strength, his ability to overcome difficulties, his forehand.

But it's difficult because I would pick many things because Federer also has a great serve and Djokovic the return."