Stepanek def. Lopez 7-6, 7-6

10-14-2005, 02:06 PM
And makes it 4 straight victories over the Spaniard - evidently a tough match-up for Lopez, Radek is a good returner and with his attacking game forces Lopez to hit a lot of awkward backhand passes.

10-14-2005, 02:08 PM
close match, could have gone either way if you lose tiebreaks to 8 and 5
Lopez messed up a few chances in the first set tiebreak, then again you could say he may never get so far because Stepanek had already 6-3 which Lopez saved

suprisingly it were two forehands that cost Lopez the match in important situations, one in the first set TB, one in the second set TB

10-14-2005, 02:11 PM
I followed the scoring report on the tournament website, I gather those two forehands were both into the net at crucial moments. Mind you, they both did their best to screw up the first set TB, I find it hard to believe Stepanek could have come back if he'd lost that set after blowing a 6-3 lead.

10-14-2005, 02:15 PM
Yes, first set was crucial for sure. Lopez cracked his racket, I think he also knew it and was pissed off about it. Overall I think the result was no coincidence. As you (Sjengster) pointed out, Stepanek has beaten Lopez before already three times and for me personally Lopez never seemed to feel so comfortable playing well this year in Vienna as he struggled in the first round already and he had great troubles against Marach also (but I also would like to notify that Marach did play a great match himself and that he not only lived on Lopez' errors).

10-14-2005, 02:16 PM
maybe 5th time lucky feli......

10-14-2005, 02:45 PM
the matchup of pretty boys :lol:

10-14-2005, 02:52 PM
the matchup of pretty boys :lol:

10-14-2005, 03:56 PM
Well done Beauty! :yeah:

10-14-2005, 03:58 PM
Feli :( suerte en Madrid !!

10-14-2005, 04:06 PM
Watching as Feliciano played against Marach , his defeat in the next round was announced , in fact Feliciano had been defeated yesterday by any ATP player, but Marach has challenger players level ....

Feliciano won the lottery last year in Vienna, and miracles only happen one time :devil:


10-14-2005, 05:18 PM
Feli :rolleyes:

10-14-2005, 05:21 PM
Some order finally restored at ATP Vienna. :lol: Stepanek is a great indoor player.