In keeping with the remarkable slew of upsets on Wednesday afternoon, Feliciano Lopez ousted fellow countryman and world No. 2 Rafael Nadal in straight sets, 6-3, 7-6(6), to advance to the third round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters.
Nadal, who was playing the Masters 1000 event with the early stages of appendicitis, led Lopez 4-1 in the second set but was simply unable to maintain that lead and eventually lost the set (and match) in the deciding tiebreak.
After playing with an aggressive course of antibiotics, Nadal admit that he was nowhere near “perfect” during the encounter.
“For sure [I don’t feel] perfect,” said Nadal. “It’s the same way that I felt before. A little bit more dizzy now. But that’s it. Nothing that I have to worry about. When you lose a match, it is not the moment to talk about obvious things. I lost. Feli played better than me.”
Lopez took advantage of the weary Nadal and struck 15 aces, and saved 4 of 5 break points to close of the match in 1 hour and 45 minutes.
This is also the first time in Nadal’s career that he losse back-to-back matches against left-handed players, having lost to Martin Klizan last week in Beijing. The Spaniard is expected to return to Mallorca to visit his doctors before resuming the final portion of the season.
“My thoughts is continue with Basel, Paris and London. Is true that the past few months I did not have the best of luck. I didn’t have the best of luck since Wimbledon. I was playing a good year, very positive year. After that I was unlucky with the wrist, what’s going on now. Now there remains three more tournaments for me.”