Tennis

Lopez falls at first hurdle in Rotterdam

Fourth seed Feliciano Lopez was ousted from the first round of the World Indoor Tournament in Rotterdam by Paul-Henri Mathieu 4-6 7-6 (5) 6-4.

 
Lopez falls at first - TennisAFP
 

The shock result was delivered after nearly three hours of a big-serving contest in which Frenchman Henri boomed down 10 aces.

Lopez hit 13 of his own and won 72 per cent of his services points but the Spaniard could not get the better of 30-year-old qualifier Henri.

"I almost cannot believe it," said Mathieu. "I panicked a bit at the beginning of the match, he played very well.

"I'm moving better now and started playing better during the important points. I'm happy to win three matches in a row in three days during my first month back in competition."

Henri's compatriot Richard Gasquet also won through to the second round after a 6-3 1-6 6-1 victory over Flavio Cipolla of Italy.

Fifth seed Gasquet continued his decent form so far this season to post his sixth win in 2012, to three defeats.

Alexandr Dolgopolov , the sixth seeded Ukrainian, was beaten 6-7 (4) 6-4 6-2 by Lukasz Kubot of Poland to end his interest in the tournament early on, while 2005 and 2007 finalist Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia was bounced out 7-6 (6) 6-3 by Dutch wild card Jesse Huta Galung.

Top seed Roger Federer gets his tournament under way against Nicolas Mahut on Wednesday.

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