Historical: Feliciano López beat Lorenzo Sonego 5-7, 3-6, 6-3, 7-5 and 6-4 in the second round of the Australian Open, and became the oldest player to be able to turn a match after being two sets down since 1974.
With this victory, the Spaniard also became the oldest player to be able to be in a third round of a Grand Slam since Ken Rosewall did it at the 1978 Australian Open.
“I ended up a bit excited about the situation. I decided to leave my wife and son at home ten days after their birth. Being in the third round at this particular moment means a lot, ”said the talented 39½-year-old southpaw.
Before starting the tournament, Feliciano had also appeared in much news as he became the tennis player with the most consecutive Grand Slam main draw appearances: 75. Meanwhile, he played Roland Garros for the first time, adding 76.
The next one on the list is a compatriot of his, Fernando Verdasco, with 67 appearances. In third place is the Swiss Roger Federer who was present in 65 Grand Slam in a row. And the Swiss holds the men’s record for Majors played, with 79.
That is why Feliciano made history, once again. And he really enjoys this very particular victory in five sets.