Lopez had eventually seen off Dmitry Tursonov of Russia in the first round after winning an epic sixteen game third set to seal a 6-7, 6-2, 9-7 victory. He faced Monaco of Argentina who had enjoyed a much easier route through to the second round by defeating Belguim’s David Goffin 6-1, 6-4.
Lopez and Monaco had already met on four occasions this year, with Lopez boasting a 3-1 lead in wins and he was to add to that tally with a straight sets win 6-4, 6-4. The Spaniard hit seven aces compared to his opponents four and capitalised on three of the four break points he gained to march through to the third round in just over seventy minutes.
It was Lopez’s net game that was to prove decisive as he converted fourteen net points, which included six volley winners. He will now face Frenchman Jo-Wilfred Tsonga who made it through after an unbelievable win against Milos Raonic of Canada.
Tsonga took the first set 6-3, but Raonic levelled matters by taking the second set by the same score. The third set would go to an incredible forty-eighth game, before the fifth seed from France finally won 25-23 in the last.
Elsewhere, home favourite Andy Murray overcame the challenge of Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in straight sets 6-2, 6-4, whilst Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt saw off the challenge of thirteenth seed Marin Cilic of Croatia. One of the most anticipated second round games between America’s Andy Roddick and second-seed Novak Djokovic lasted less than one hour as the Serbian won in impressive fashion 6-2, 6-1.