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Last Updated: Wednesday, 22 June, 2005, 12:31 GMT 13:31 UK
Sherwood challenge ended by Lopez
By Ian Westbrook
BBC Sport at Wimbledon

Britain's David Sherwood
Britain's David Sherwood was unable to repeat his first round heroics as his Wimbledon challenge was ended by 26th seed Feliciano Lopez 6-2 6-4 6-2.

The Spanish left-hander, who is Rafael Nadal's doubles partner, raced into a 4-0 first set lead and quickly closed out the set, with his serve dominant.

Sherwood improved in the second but two poor backhands gave Lopez the break he needed to maintain control.

The Spaniard broke again at the start of the third and cruised to victory.

Sherwood's nerves may have betrayed him as he made a series of unforced errors while he found it hard to cope with the power and consistency of Lopez's serve.

His only chance of a break came in the fourth game of the third set but Lopez saved it with a booming ace.

The Briton matched his opponent for much of the second set but once again errors at the crucial times gave it to Lopez.

Overall however Sherwood will be pleased with his Wimbledon singles debut and his notable first round victory over Ricardo Mello.

And afterwards he said that it was "a realistic target" for him and other leading Britons to reach the top 100 in the world rankings.

"For people like me, Andy Murray and Alex Bogdanovic, if we go out and carry on getting results, I don't think it is that far away," he said.

"We have also had a small bet between us as to which one of us makes it first."

Looking back at the match, he added: "I struggled to settle down and find my rhythm today and that was my main problem. I was a little bit nervous but not as much as before the first round.

"Lopez is a great player and did not let me feel comfortable.

"I am a bit disappointed but will learn from it and know what to do next time."

Interview: David Sherwood

Highlights: Wimbledon 2005 day three

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