Lopez takes SA Open honours

2010-02-07 19:07

Johannesburg - Spaniard Feliciano Lopez ended a six-year trophy drought with a 7-5  6-1 triumph over French fighter Stephane Robert in the South African Open final on Sunday.

The only previous ATP title for the 28-year-old native of Toledo who is ranked 39 in the world came in Vienna when he defeated Argentine Guillermo Canas in a five-set thriller.

Lopez, seeded third for this ATP World Tour event, battled to subdue eighth seed Robert in a first set which went with service for 11 games before the Spaniard made a timely breakthrough.

It kept the capacity 3 300 crowd at the Montecasino entertainment centre spellbound for 47 minutes as Lopez held service comfortably while Robert covered kilometres to draw level repeatedly.

But the effort drained the Frenchman, ranked 61 places below Lopez, and he was outclassed in the 21-minute second set, winning just one game while his service was broken twice.

Victory on his first visit to South Africa made Madrid-based Lopez $76 000 richer while the blow of losing was cushioned for Robert by a $40 000 cheque.


  • colin - 2010-02-07 20:46

    Mickey Mouse tournament! Only 3000 spectators and a bunch of fringe players! Golf rocks! Soon rugby will also be reduced to scraping the bottom of the barrel! Cheers and have a great 2010

  • iri - 2010-02-07 22:04

    Hopefully we'll see bigger names next year

  • jacojvr - 2010-02-08 07:59

    i hope one day we will get a decent field with great names that actually wil draw more that 50 spectators - how will our young children invest in tennis if we have mickey mouse tournaments with the players not even featuring in the main tennis scene - what a pity

  • Ella - 2010-02-08 13:31

    Obviously not one of the 3 people who commented here attended yesterday, otherwise you wouldn't have been so negative! (50 spectators???, rugby scraping the bottom of the barrel???) rather shut up than talking such a lot of rubbish!

  • American History X - 2010-02-08 13:33

    Fantastic for SA just to get a tournament of this statue. Obviously you guys (colin and jacvr) do not really know how difficult it is to get an event on the ATP Tour, and how it needs time to grow into an event. Get a life and be positive for a change. Well done to SA tennis for this effort.

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