Tennis

Mathieu upsets Lopez

2012-02-13 20:00
Paul-Henri Mathieu (File)

Rotterdam - Paul-Henri Mathieu fought back from a set down on Monday to upset fourth-seeded Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in the opening round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

Mathieu, ranked 733 in the world after missing the entire 2011 season with a knee injury, looked sharp in beating Lopez in a match that lasted nearly three hours.

"I worked hard during my injury and I think I am fit," he said. "This is a good comeback."

Another Frenchman, fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet, overcame an injured Flavio Cipolla to win his first-round match 6-3, 1-6, 6-1.

After losing the first set, Cipolla easily took the second, but struggled in the decider with a left thigh injury.

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