Australian Open 2021: Feliciano Lopez achieves unique record; leaves Roger Federer and Fernando Verdasco behind

Feliciano Lopez has made 75 consecutive appearances in Grand Slams.

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Feliciano Lopez

Roger Federer is without a doubt one of the most seasoned campaigners in the world of tennis who is still playing. Having made his Grand Slam debut in 1999, the Swiss ace is still going strong and due to his gargantuan achievements, has his name in most of the records relating to Grand Slams. However, one record that he doesn’t have is the most consecutive appearances in Grand Slams.

The record is held by Feliciano Lopez who is currently on a 75-tournament streak with regard to participation in Grand Slams. The Spaniard made his Grand Slam debut in 2011 and right from the French Open in 2002, he hasn’t missed a single Grand Slam, a record that is still going strong with the ongoing Australian Open 2021. He cruised through to the second round of the tournament after losing the first set to defeat Li Tu by a scoreline of 6-7, 6-4, 7-6, 6-4.

Feliciano Lopez is followed by Fernando Verdasco and Roger Federer

The second on the list after Feliciano Lopez with regard to most consecutive Grand Slam appearances is fellow Spaniard Fernando Verdasco with 67. Third on the list is Roger Federer who previously held the record before the two Spaniards overtook him. Federer had made his 65th consecutive appearance at the 2016 Australian Open but was forced to miss the 2016 French Open with an injury that ended the streak.

Verdasco’s streak ended with the US Open in 2020 while Lopez is still showing no signs of stopping. He became the owner of the record at the 2018 Wimbledon when he went past Federer. He will next face Lorenzo Sonego in the second round of the Australian Open.

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