Feliciano Lopez takes Twitter commotion in stride
On Friday at Wimbledon, Feliciano Lopez became known as the guy who upset eighth-seeded Andy Roddick 7-6 (2), 7-6 (2), 6-4 in the third round. The result was a surprise, as Roddick came into the match a former three-time Wimbledon finalist and had beaten Lopez in all seven of their previous meetings.
Lopez is known to many as one of the ATP Tour dreamboats, the guy with the liquid blue eyes. Andy Murray's mom, Judy, nicknamed him "Deliciano" and carries on a running Twitter dialogue about Lopez with WTA player Andrea Petkovic.
The nickname has not escaped Lopez's attention.
"It's coming from Andy's mother," said Lopez, who posted an impressive 57 winners and only seven unforced errors against Roddick. "She's so funny. It's just something that everybody knows now because someone posted it on Twitter."
After Lopez's win over Roddick, Mum Murray quickly posted a Lopez-related tweet: "Oooooooooh Deliciano -- looking good out there. As always."
Murray himself joked about his mom's fascination with Lopez after his four set win over Ivan Ljubicic, admitting he asked the Spaniard to once take a picture with her because "she thinks you're beautiful."
"I think it's about time she stopped with that nonsense," he said, kiddingly. "Makes me want to throw up. It's disgusting."
Lopez, who has reached the Wimbledon quarterfinals twice in his career (2005 and '08), was scheduled to play mixed doubles later in the day with -- you guessed it -- Petkovic. That match was rained out.
But he did tweet earlier about his expected double duty on Friday: "It's a Felifest at Wimbledon tmrw. Too much. Way too much. I guess it's "Delifest" instead. HaHaHa."
A tennis court is just a tennis court. But in the world of professional tennis, being center stage on Wimbledon's Centre Court -- or at the very least, the next-best thing, on Court 1 -- is considered a perk for the top players.
At least it appears to work that way for the top names in the men's game: Defending champion Rafael Nadal and six-time Wimbledon champion Roger Federer rarely see action on anything but the two main courts.
The top women, meanwhile, have grumbled that they're getting shafted by being shifted to Court 2, a tinier, outside court. Part of the reason is that Centre Court is always scheduled for a 2 p.m. start with three matches -- men's matches first and third and a women's match sandwiched in between.
The issue came up Thursday with Serena Williams, a four-time Wimbledon titlist and the defending champ. She was delegated to Court 2 for her second-round match against Simona Halep of Romania, which she won 3-6, 6-2, 6-1.
"They like to put us on Court 2, me and Venus, for whatever reason," Serena said. "I haven't figured it out yet.
"But I've pretty much won all my matches, so far, on Court 2."
Top-seeded Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark also was placed on Court 2 on Friday, beating Virginie Razzano of France 6-1, 6-3 in the second round.
Wozniacki also tackled the subject of playing on an outer show court instead of the two main stadiums.
"Obviously, I think I deserve to play on one of the bigger courts," she said. "Obviously, everyone wants to play in there. It's up to the tournament to decide where we're going to play. I just go out there, and I try to win."
Wozniacki also pointed out that she's had some top company in being assigned to Court 2.
"Serena played on Court 2, and she's won here so many times," Wozniacki said. "So if she can play on Court 2, then I guess I can, too."
Even Roddick weighed in on the court controversy for Williams, his childhood friend. "We were all pretty surprised about it," he said. "Certainly if anybody deserves to play anywhere, the two Williams sisters do."