Lopez extends career by a day at least with emotional Mallorca win

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Lopez extends career by a day at least with emotional Mallorca win

Feliciano Lopez, a Spanish veteran, won an emotional victory at the Mallorca Open on Tuesday, extending his career by at least one more day. This was the final event of his 26-year career. During his 6-3 7-5 victory over Max Purcell, the 41-year-old left-hander was cheered on by his friend and compatriot, 22-time Grand Slam champion Rafa Nadal.

Lopez, who holds the record for appearing in 79 successive Grand Slam main draws and reached a career high ranking of 12, will face Australian Jordan Thompson on Wednesday. After his win, Lopez expressed his joy, saying, “It’s a really special win for me, probably one of the most special wins of my career so far, to be honest.” He has more than 500 ATP singles wins.

Lopez was overwhelmed by the support he received from his friends and family. He said, “This is over my expectations, to be winning a match at this stage of my career in Mallorca, this beautiful place, surrounded by the ones that I love, my friends.” Nadal, who is currently out of action as he tries to recover from injuries, was joined by Carlos Moya in the stands to cheer on their former Davis Cup compatriot.

Lopez added, “Most of them came for my hypothetical last match. Luckily, it wasn’t the last match of my life. I have another opportunity tomorrow, and this is very overwhelming, I have to say.” This was only his second ATP Tour win this year.

The article was reported by Martyn Herman and edited by Toby Davis. The Thomson RushHourDaily Trust Principles were followed.

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