Lopez wins a marathon, Monaco eases through

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Feliciano Lopez had to fight hard to get through to the next round at the London Olympic games today.  He was up against the Russian Dmitry Tursunov who managed to steal the first set 9-7 on a tie break.  Leaving Tursunov only needing one more set to progress, Lopez from Spain had to regroup to fight and battle back.  He managed to do this by breaking the Russian service game twice in the second set, meaning it was going to go to a thrilling final deciding set.  Serving first in the final set Lopez had the advantage all the way as he didn’t drop a service game, when the set got to 8-7 Lopez finally got the break of serve he was seeking and took the deciding set 9-7.  Very impressively Lopez actually went through the whole match without losing a service game, not many other players have done that yet.  Lopez took the match 6-7, 6-2, 9-7.

Juan Monaco came out of the blocks like a rocket, winning the first two games and taking a 2-0 lead against David Goffin (Belgium).  However, it wasn’t all straight forwards and wasn’t going to go all Monaco’s way.  In a very strange set they seemed to be exchanging breaks of serve as they struggled to get ahead in the match.  With the match at 5-4 Goffin really needed to hold his serve to keep the set alive and push Monaco into a possible tie break.  However, Monaco upped his game again and broke his serve to take the first set 6-4.   The second set was all one way traffic as Monaco broke Goffin twice and won the second set 6-1.  He took the match 6-4, 6-1.

Lopez and Monaco will meet in the next round.

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