García-López wins in straight sets

Thiemo’s winning streak of three at the Mutua Madrid Open has ended by Guillermo García-Lopez. The Spaniard defeated the Dutchman 6-2, 6-3 in the second round on Tuesday.

The current world number 83 did not had the best start in the Sanchez-Vicario stadium. Thiemo was looking for the right rhythm, while García-Lopez showed stability in the rallies. Just like Monday’s match against Juan Carlos Ferrero, it looked like Thiemo was ready to turn the match in the second set.

The 22-year old was close to create three breakpoints after a long rally on 0-30 (2-2), but his opponent repaired the deficit. García-Lopez forced a third break on Thiemo’s service in the eighth game and took the match after saving one breakpoint in the decisive game.

“He played a good match, but I did not serve well the whole time. I was close to change things in the second set, but it was not meant to be”, told the Dutchman. He took the positive out of his three wins in Madrid. “This is the best I can give for the moment. I am happy that I have played some matches en regained match rhythm. If I look back, I am satisfied as well. Let go on to next week.”

Thiemo will travel to Italy this week to get ready for the qualification tournament of the Masters tournament in Rome.


Photo: Niels de Water