Mahut Survives Epic Against Lopez
by ATP Staff|
Mahut, who was one point away from claiming the title 12 months ago against Andy Roddick in the final, eventually came through 6-3, 6-7(4), 7-6(4) to upset the No. 14 seed Lopez on Tuesday.
The Frenchman, unseeded this year, produced 27 aces during the 2-hour, 23-minute match and will now face big-serving John Isner in the second round after the American overcame South African Kevin Anderson 7-6(5), 6-4.
Meanwhile, 2005 runner-up Ivo Karlovic fired down 19 aces of his own en route to a 6-3, 6-2 victory over Australian qualifier Josheph Sirianni.
Karlovic’s countryman Mario Ancic also reached the third round, defeating Spanish lefty Fernando Verdasco 7-6(6), 6-4, but Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu ended what could have been a perfect day for Croatians with a 6-3, 3-6, 6-4 victory over Marin Cilic.
Murray, seeded No. 6 at The Artois Championships, was leading 2-0 when the two-time runner-up Grosjean called an early end to proceedings at The Queen’s Club.
“I would have rather to have won the match normally,” said Murray. “You get a bit more confidence from that. I got a good hour, hour and 15 minutes on the court last night for the doubles, which helped, and I felt pretty comfortable on the shots that I did hit in that match, which was good.”
The 18-year-old from Birmingham, who was playing in his first ATP tournament, had his serve broken five times by the Belgian during the 49-minute match.
“It was the experience I was looking for,” said Evans. “Obviously, I lost 6 1, 6 1, but it wasn't all doom and gloom. I got to play on a big court. Obviously better than playing on one of the outside courts. So next time when I have that opportunity, I'll be maybe one step ahead of the person who I play.
“It was a good opportunity for me. I could have done better, but it doesn't always go the way you want it to go.”
Malisse will now face four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt in the second round.