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Lopez squeezes past Sugita after three tie-breaks

Spanish player Feliciano Lopez on Court 12
by Kate Mason
Tuesday 24 June 2014

Feliciano Lopez was pushed to the limit by qualifier Yuichi Sugita before progressing 7-6(6), 7-6(6), 7-6(7).

Sugita – in the main draw of a Grand Slam for the first time after 18 attempts at qualifying – took Lopez to tie-breaks in all three sets.

The unsettled Eastbourne champion and No.19 seed talked frantically to himself in Spanish from early on in the first set. He was broken as he served for the set in the second, and needed four match points to clinch the match.

Better when coming back from behind, Sugita was never in control, but was unlucky to leave without a set for his efforts.

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