MOSELLE OPEN 2013
Mathieu Saves 2 M.P. In Metz Opener
by ATP Staff|
The 31-year-old Frenchman overcame Sijsling's 31 aces and did not drop serve en route to the two hour, 30-minute victory - his fourth match win on the ATP World Tour this season.
Mathieu, who next faces sixth-seeded American Sam Querrey, was a finalist last week at the ATP Challenger tournament in Petange. The former World No. 8 is making his ninth appearance in Metz and reached the title match in 2008 (l. to Tursunov).
Tobias Kamke, who defeated Mathieu in the Petange final, kept up his good form with a 6-2, 6-3 win over French qualifier Marc Gicquel. Kamke returned to the Top 80 of the Emirates ATP Rankings this week.
Another German, eighth seed Florian Mayer, also advanced at the expense of a French opponent Tuesday, dismissing qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert 6-2, 7-5 in 73 minutes. Mayer, a quarter-finalist at this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard-court tournament last year (l. to Seppi), improved to a 24-21 match record on the season.
Two other Frenchmen did enjoy success in the first round. Edouard Roger-Vasselin needed just 50 minutes to defeat Federico Delbonis of Argentina 6-0, 6-2, while Kenny De Schepper won his first match since reaching the fourth round at Wimbledon, beating Jesse Huta Galung 6-3, 6-2.
Bopanna/Roger-Vasselin Beat Americans
In doubles, top seeds Rohan Bopanna and Edouard Roger-Vasselin closed out a 6-1, 7-6(4) win over Americans Eric Butorac and Sam Querrey. The Indian-French duo reached the Wimbledon semi-finals earlier this season (l. to Bryans).