After reaching the quarter-finals of Wimbledon in 2005 Feliciano López assured himself a place in Spanish tennis history. Although he was unable to progress past Lleyton Hewitt, an appearance in the latter stages of tennis' premier grass tournament made him the first person to achieve such a feat since Manuel Orantes made the semi-finals in 1972.
After repeating this feat twice more in 2008 and 2011, López not only established himself as one of the leading Spanish tennis players of all time, but proved that grass court was his preferred surface. Unlike his compatriot, Rafa Nadal, who seems to excel on clay courts, López has shown an aptitude for the testing dynamics of grass court tennis.
Although modern tennis players are equipped to handle any conditions, the fact López has enjoyed the bulk of his success at Wimbledon is certainly noteworthy as Spanish players often hone their careers on clay courts. Of course, López's achievements haven't been confined solely to the Grand Slam surrounding of Wimbledon. Fourth round appearances at the French Open, US Open and Australian open have seen López become a firm fixture in the ATP's top 15 in recent years.
In addition to Grand Slam runs, López has enjoyed success on the ATP Tour with victories in the 250 and 500 series. Most notable of his recent wins was the 2014 defeat of Richard Gasquet. Taking place at the AEGON Championships in Eastbourne (a grass court event), López was able to dispatch with the highly ranked Frenchman in four sets to take his running ATP tally to four titles.
In the doubles arena, the Spaniard has notched up a slew of final round appearances alongside a mixture of partners, including Rafa Nadal and Fernando Verdasco. Despite coming up just short on a number of occasions, López's partnership with Verdasco in 2004 proved to be an inspired choice. After making their way through the early rounds with ease in the Stockholm Open, the Spanish pairing managed to defeat Australia's Wayne Arthurs and Paul Hanley in straight sets: 6-4, 6-4.
Away from the international tennis circuit, López has also represented his country at the London Olympic Games in 2012. Early success against Russia's Dmitry Tursunov and Argentina's Juan Monaco gave López a place in the semi-finals against the unpredictable Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. A strong first set by López put Tsonga on the back foot; however, the Frenchman was able to rebound quickly and eventually progressed to the final after winning in straight sets.
López's left-handed playing style has often given opponents problems due to his ability to play both short and long. Opting to use a more traditional style similar to Pete Sampras and Roger Federer, López has been able to develop a strong baseline game and combine it well with confident backhand slices. This ability to control the ball from all angles has allowed López to enjoy an unusual amount of success on grass court surfaces.
Not only that, but the pace of López's serves have also earned him a reputation as a dangerous player over the last few years. By having the ability to push players beyond the baseline and then drive into the net, López has been able to neutralise a lot of power players and achieve notable victorious over higher ranked opposition.
Away from the court, López has held a number of high profile sponsors over the last few years, including Ellesse and Wilson. He has also made multiple appearances on Spanish TV and often offers experts insights into the game for various broadcasts. As well as his TV appearances, López has also taken part in various photo shoots for fashion brands such as Huge Boss and Elle.
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