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Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez hard-fought championship victory over Jarkko Nieminen got far less attention than his semi-final win over world number one Rafael Nadal the previous day. 

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Thailand Open champ is NOT Nadal

Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez (right) with his men’s singles trophy after he defeated Finland’s Jarkko Nieminen in the final 6-4, 3-6, 6-4. JETJARAT NA RANONG.

The final match at the PTT Thailand Open in which Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez was made to battle hard to defeat Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 was an exciting one, but it got far less attention than the semi-final match involving world number one Rafael Nadal the previous day.

In that match Garcia-Lopez surprised himself, Nadal and just about everyone else by winning 2-6, 7-6 (7/3), 6-3.

It was only Nadal’s  eighth loss of the season against 61 wins and six titles, including Grand Slam victories in the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open. Garcia-Lopez, by contrast, had only won a single career title, the Austrian Open last year.

"This is a tough loss to take," said Nadal, who moves on to an event in Tokyo next week to continue his Asian tour.

"I had a chance to reach another final and maybe win another title. But it was not to be. That is the sport and this was not my day.

Nadal thanked fans for turning out to see him and promised he would return again in the future.

“I will definitely come back again,” he said.

“I’ve been here a while and everything has been perfect.”

Nadal dominated the opening set and looked to be in good shape after Garcia-Lopez received treatment for various aches and pains at the end of the third game in the second set.

Rafael Nadal

"I'm still in shock from this win," said Garcia-Lopez, who has lost two previous ATP matches to Nadal. "I've never beaten a number one, and especially not Nadal. This has to be my greatest win."

Adapted from stories in today’s and yesterdays’ Bangkok Post.

defeat – to win a victory over someone in a fight, war or competition ชนะ, ปราบ
attention – interest, especially interest that the public has in a person, event, situation etc ความสนใจ
Grand Slam – one of the four major tennis tournaments, including the Australian Open, the French Open, Wimbledon and the US Open การแข่งขันชิงแชมป์รายการใหญ่
by contrast – different from ตรงข้ามกับ
title – the position of a winner in a sports competition  ตำแหน่งแชมป์
tough – difficult to do or to deal with ยาก
dominate – to be in control มีอำนาจเหนือ ครอบคลุม ควบคุม
treatment – the process of providing medical care การรักษา

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