Feliciano Lopez hoping to one day be captain of Spanish Davis Cup team
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Former world No. 12 Feliciano Lopez revealed he would be thrilled to become the captain of the Spanish Davis Cup team one day. Lopez, 40, represented Spain at this year's Davis Cup Finals and he claimed two singles wins. Lopez has won five Davis Cup ttiles with Spain.
"I would like to continue helping Spanish tennis: It would be exciting to be a Davis Cup captain. I am not closing the door to anything," Lopez told EFE, as revealed on Punto de Break. Lopez stunned Andrey Rublev in Spain's final group stage match but still Spain lost the tie in the decisive rubber as Russia made the quarterfinal.
"The fact of being here competing for me was already a prize. Finding myself in the situation I was in today, playing against the No. 5 in the world in Madrid in front of 10,000 people, being able to compete with him, was already a gift.
Imagine winning, what it means. Possibly, for all the special things that this match had, at the time it came to me, it will surely be one of the most important matches of my life, but it was not enough to qualify and that is what hurts me the most, and what really matters in the end," explained Lopez.
Lopez won but felt greatly disappointed
"Of course, it is a great disappointment not to make it past the group stage," Lopez underlined. "I think we did everything in our power to qualify for the quarter-finals, but unfortunately, playing with this format, sometimes you do what you have to do and you don't achieve the reward and that's what happened.
Winning the first day 3-0 and losing today 2-1, is very rare not to qualify and that is why we are so disappointed and especially me, that I got a point for my team and then, going one set up in the doubles, we were very close, but it wasn't enough." Lopez admitted he didn't expect to play for Spain at 40 and to be winning matches for them.