Felicano Lopez opened the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament, just like last year. This time only with more success. The 36 year old Spaniard finished in an hour and a half with former winner Martin Klizan: 6-3, 7-6 (4).
'’I am very happy with this win,’’ said left handed Lopez, who played Davis Cup in Marbella last week with Spain. '’That was on clay and the transition was difficult. It is good to see that I have won from a former champion of this tournament. My service was ultimately the deciding factor, because in the tiebreak of the second set I beat five aces. In the beginning it was difficult to play against a lefty, because you do not encounter many left-handed players on the Tour.’’
Feliciano Lopez will play in the second round against the winner of the duel David Goffin-Benoit Paire. That match is scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.