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Lopez def. Koubek - 7-6, 6-1

KaxMisha
10-18-2007, 11:18 PM
Too bad he has to face Federer now!

TULY
10-18-2007, 11:19 PM
he is playing his best career tennis!

Loremaster
10-18-2007, 11:20 PM
What a peroformancce !! The serving in TB was untreal, and that ULTRA HUGE Forehand at 4-1 30-30

thunder2006
10-18-2007, 11:20 PM
great win! can he a win set now vs fed?

Clara Bow
10-18-2007, 11:21 PM
Lopez has been in good form of late- he even hit some good backhands in this match.

KaxMisha
10-18-2007, 11:23 PM
he is playing his best career tennis!

I couldn't agree more. When Lopez is on, he's amazing to watch. If he had a backhand drive that was at least okay and some mental stability, he'd be top 5. Unfortunately, he lacks both. He has been hitting some spectacuylar backhand winners every now and again lately, though! Too bad he has to face Federer and not Nadal now. If his serve and forehand are on, I like his chances against Nadal on this surface, seeing as he is also a lefty and thus, Nadal's high cross-court forehands wouldn't bother him much.

seljanin
10-18-2007, 11:23 PM
Great 2nd set by FeLo! :woohoo:

He has really stepped it up in the recent weeks. The only Spaniard who can really serve. Seems that Costa is able to make something useful out of that raw material :D Today FeLo hit even a few drive backhand winners :yeah:

Sunset of Age
10-18-2007, 11:23 PM
Excellent playing from Lalo!

I'm looking forward to tomorrow's match against Roger. Could well be an interesting match.

ChrisDoesDallas
10-18-2007, 11:23 PM
Lopez played very well! Great serving, great strokes on both ends (surprisingly).

I hope he can take out Federer now. They had such a wonderful match at the USO.

Merton
10-18-2007, 11:28 PM
Al Costa must be coach of the year. Not that he will ever get any credit from the mainstream tennis press, he never got any credit as a player so I do not see what would change for him as a coach.

RogiRafaFan86
10-18-2007, 11:29 PM
I felt good about it up until 5-4 in the first, when the old Lopez reared its ugly head and he got broken back. But he fought hard to win the tie-break. And after that, he started playing much better. He hit some great backhands in there. And that forehand he ripped at 4-1 was ridiculous. :eek:

Third straight QF in a row for Lopez. That's amazing. Has he ever done that before?

Sucks that he has to play Roger now. But no one expects him to win, and he most likely won't, so hopefully he can play some great tennis like he did for about the first two sets at the US Open.

Sjengster
10-18-2007, 11:31 PM
Big Al has helped haul Lopez up from what, around 90 in the world after he lost finalist points in Gstaad this summer? He must be very close to an AO seeding now, and all the indications are that he'll give Federer a battle tomorrow. Never mind the recent history of the US Open, they met in the quarters here four years ago and Federer barely squeaked out the win.

RagingLamb
10-18-2007, 11:31 PM
didn't see the match, glad Lopez played well.

Let's see how he plays against Roger.

leng jai
10-18-2007, 11:40 PM
Costa must have some magic mushrooms growing in his backyard.

thunder2006
10-18-2007, 11:47 PM
Did they show this match on THE TENNIS CHANNEL????

RogiRafaFan86
10-18-2007, 11:48 PM
Did they show this match on THE TENNIS CHANNEL????

Yes they did, from start to finish.

Neely
10-18-2007, 11:50 PM
I'm a bit disappointed, but on the other hand Koubek already reached more than I thought by winning against Ljubo yesterday.

ChrisDoesDallas
10-18-2007, 11:50 PM
Third straight QF in a row for Lopez. That's amazing. Has he ever done that before?


2003: Vienna, Basel, Madrid. :p

RogiRafaFan86
10-18-2007, 11:53 PM
2003: Vienna, Basel, Madrid. :p

Haha. OK, so technically he has done it before. But that was the old Feli, not the new Feli. Although he is starting to look like the old Feli...even better in some ways.

connectolove
10-18-2007, 11:58 PM
This is wonderful! I stopped watching at the begining of the second set and I though that he was going to lose! Let´s see what happens with Federer.

RickDaStick
10-19-2007, 12:04 AM
I thought I heard the commentators mention the umpire called game when it was actually 30-15 and neither player realized it. Anyone actually see this and know what happened?

cmurray
10-19-2007, 02:04 AM
Lopez has been in good form of late- he even hit some good backhands in this match.

Now that's truly a miracle. :lol:

Seriously, I've been enjoying lalo more. Costa's actually making a difference, I think.

GlennMirnyi
10-19-2007, 02:07 AM
When I watched Lopez making two BH drive winners in the first game of the first set I knew there was no looking back - he'd win this match. :lol:

VolandriFan
10-19-2007, 02:12 AM
I sense an upset brewing ;)

But the other side of my brain senses a trashing.

Dimonator133
10-19-2007, 02:58 AM
I only saw the last few games of the match, but the little I saw was just phenomenal tennis out of Lopez.


And yes, he did hit 2 or 3 flawless flattened-out backhands.

Ivo#1Fan
10-19-2007, 03:19 AM
Go Lopez!! Keep up the great form.

Action Jackson
10-19-2007, 04:11 AM
LaLo hitting topspin backhand winners, you know it's his day and like Koubek he has been consistent of late.

Costa is definitely coach of the year looking at what he had to start with and what is happening now. Well big Al should be making him work extra hard in the off season on a topspin drive, then he would be a miracle worker.

connectolove
10-19-2007, 06:51 AM
It is going to be fun to watch him for the next few months. Hopefully he will give some fight to Federer.

World Beater
10-19-2007, 07:20 AM
federer has a lot of trouble with lopez's serve. He cant read it, but not many people can.

lopez has some of the craziest spin on his serve.

MariaV
10-19-2007, 07:41 AM
LaLo hitting topspin backhand winners, you know it's his day and like Koubek he has been consistent of late.

Costa is definitely coach of the year looking at what he had to start with and what is happening now. Well big Al should be making him work extra hard in the off season on a topspin drive, then he would be a miracle worker.

I was like :eek: :eek: and thought of our dear Deivid23 watching those Feli BHs. :lol:
Big Al is just :worship: :bowdown: :hatoff:

LeChuck
10-19-2007, 07:49 AM
It's a pity that Koubek couldn't avenge his defeat to Lopez at Vienna last week, but he has still done very well this week, wiping the floor with Massu to reach the main draw, and once he was there, recording very encouraging victories over Nieminen and Ljubicic.
Federer and Lopez played each other in an entertaining quarter-final at this same tournament 4 years ago.

martine2
10-19-2007, 09:35 AM
Lopez :worship: and Big Al :worship: :worship:

I really enjoy watching him lately :eek: and I do hope the match tonight will be like at the US Open (but with a different outcome :devil: )

Congrats to Koubek too for the results in Madrid :yeah:

scarecrows
10-19-2007, 09:36 AM
Lopez :worship: and Big Al :worship: :worship:

I really enjoy watching him lately :eek: and I really hope the match tonight will be like at the US Open (but with a different outcome :devil: )

Congrats to Koubek too for the results in Madrid :yeah:

damn, i cant badrep you :tears:

martine2
10-19-2007, 09:39 AM
damn, i cant badrep you :tears:

:lol: :ras: :ras: That's what you get when giving too many goodreps :devil: :p