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How far can Lopez go?

Even though Ljubicic clearly wasn't on top of his game tonight, Lopez still played an amazing match. Assuming his level won't go down (which is highly unlikely, but still), how far do you think he could make it? He certainly could trouble virtually all players with that serve, his great volleying ability and a kick-ass forehand, and he sure as hell could trouble Nadal with that game, should he make it that far. What are your thoughts?
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Re: How far can Lopez go?

I think he would lose to Gasquet in R3, if they play

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Re: How far can Lopez go?

You think he would lose to Gasquet the way he played today? I find that unlikely. I don't think Gasquet could cope with that serve in combination with his volley follow-ups on a surface as fast as this one. To take him out the way he played today, you need to have
1)an excellent return of serve
2) the ability to kill the ball to his backhand very accurately
Having said that, I grant you that Gasquet would be the favorite if Lopez played on his normal level. The way he played today, though - I don't think so.
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Re: How far can Lopez go?

well, the difference between the top players and the non-elite (lopez was 14-21 this year coming in to the open) is that they produce their best tennis with much greater consistency. many of the lower ranked players can put it all together and have a superb and stunning match, but it doesnt become a habit.

but he played great, and well....he's definitely gonna make at least the second round in this year's us open.


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well, the difference between the top players and the non-elite (lopez was 14-21 this year coming in to the open) is that they produce their best tennis with much greater consistency. many of the lower ranked players can put it all together and have a superb and stunning match, but it doesnt become a habit.
You are absolutely correct. I hinted at this by saying that it is highly unlikely that Lopez will be able to keep this level throughout the tournament. However, what I want to do here is to see how far people think he can go IF he actually does. I don't think Nadal would beat him the way he played today. Not sure about Roddick, but I would give Lopez the edge.
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You are absolutely correct. I hinted at this by saying that it is highly unlikely that Lopez will be able to keep this level throughout the tournament. However, what I want to do here is to see how far people think he can go IF he actually does. I don't think Nadal would beat him the way he played today. Not sure about Roddick, but I would give Lopez the edge.
i hear you; its just so reminiscent of muller taking out roddick in the 1R of last year's open, looking so great, and then blah in the 2R. but good luck to him!!


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You think he would lose to Gasquet the way he played today?
I was asking myself the same question, and I think Richard could have grinded it out involving Lopez in long rallies which Ljubicic was not able to do very often, and if he did he could not hit the decisive winner. Besides, Ljubicic's BH was poor yesterday. The 3-0 H/H is also an advantage for Gasquet.
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Re: How far can Lopez go?

tennis is about matchups, ljubicic was shit anyway

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Lopez can go to the third round. After that, it will be difficult.
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I saw an interesting match between Lopez and Gasquet at one of the clay tournaments following Wimbledon. It was actually pretty close and Lopez's game was definitely not at its best. (Also unlike all the other Spanish, clay is his worst surface) I therefore think that Lopez could beat Gasquet in theory, but unfortunately he is so inconsistent he could also go out next round in straight sets. I would love to see him do well, but I fear we have seen the best of Lopez last night and it will all go a bit downhill from now on!
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If he faces gasquet i bet he has a good chance of winning knowing that hes got nothing to lose. How old is he, 22?? Something like that. Hes still got a long way to go if he stays consistent. Id be shocked if he does what ljubibicic did and became number 3 at 27!!

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Re: How far can Lopez go?

Chiudinelli will take care of him
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Re: How far can Lopez go?

He can lose to Chiudinelli . He will be big favourite and he doesn't like this kind situation . Loosing this year in two sets to Vik , Faurel , Bozoljac and playing 3sets with Kuznetsov or Klec . But if he win I'm sure Gasquet will beat him
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Re: How far can Lopez go?

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Even though Ljubicic clearly wasn't on top of his game tonight, Lopez still played an amazing match. Assuming his level won't go down (which is highly unlikely, but still), how far do you think he could make it? He certainly could trouble virtually all players with that serve, his great volleying ability and a kick-ass forehand, and he sure as hell could trouble Nadal with that game, should he make it that far. What are your thoughts?

i wouldn't read too much in this match...lubishitz lol
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