Disappointing for Lopez to end the season going out in the first round. But it takes nothing away from him having a very good second half of the season...career saving second half some would argue. Starting the year ranked around 79th, falling to 96th in February, and finishing in the top 40? Yeah...I'd say that's pretty damn good. Hopefully he can build on that next year. Not like he has a whole lotta points to defend in the first part of the year.
He played well to beat Ferrer in Madrid, and he looked real good in the first set against Federer there as well. Roger seems to bring out the best in him. I enjoy their matches, two single-handed backhands and pleasure to the eyes on both sides of the court.