Feliciano Lopez will look to continue to roll back the years at Wimbledon, hoping to continue his great run of form on the grass. The three time quarter finalist has a great chance to make that four if he can see off Karen Khachanov on Tuesday, with Steve Darcis or Roberto Bautista Agut up in round three.
Grass should be an ideal surface for Khachanov who at 6ft 6in, boasts a booming serve and powerful groundstrokes to boot. He made the fourth round at Wimbledon last year, eventually falling to Novak Djokovic in straight sets. He will likely be disappointed with his grass warmups, twice losing to Matteo Berretini in Germany.
Lopez’s more traditional serve and volley style is seen less and less as the years go on but does provide a nice antidote to the grindfests that many matches have become. He was once again successful on the quicker courts at Queens, winning the title for the second time in three years. He also added the doubles title with Andy Murray but will not be pairing up with the Scot this fortnight. He followed up his title with a comfortable win over Marcos Giron in the opening round here, beating the American in straight sets.
Lopez might have been fortune to receive a wildcard initially but showed it was well earned with that Queens title. He plays his 70th slam in a row, a feat unmatched in the open era. “I mean, I was taking care of my body. I was very professional. I was trying to extend my career as much as I could, and I’m here playing my 70th Grand Slam. So I’m so happy.” he said. The Spaniard will be hoping his experience shows in this one, against an opponent that can often be temperamental.
Prediction – Feliciano Lopez in five sets