The 2015 U.S Open of Tennis is in its opening round and for one country the early returns are quite encouraging. The obvious stock to invest in is Rafael Nadal, who is healthy and determined to make a statement. He did. But so did another from position 31 in the seed department.
Nadal needed four sets to dispose of Borna Coric 6-3, 6-2, 4-6, 6-4. But it was another Spaniard, Guillermo Garcia-Lopez, of La Roda, who had the match of the night. Lopez, a 13 year veteran, has made a living in the world of doubles. He has often stayed long enough in New York for two dinners sometimes one. But there was a purpose to his game.
After winning a opening tiebreaker 7-6 over Janko Tipsarevic, he lost two straght by 6-4 scores. Lopez had an ace in the hole. Guillermo has nine wins over Top Ten players, including Nadal in 2010 when Rafael was number one. But Jano was a single tournament winner with none of them major, so Lopez did not have to stretch to the depths for this one, winning 6-3 and 6-1 to return for that all familiar second dinner. Maybe at 32, he can hang around a little longer. After ten years, he is quite overdue.