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Mathieu upsets Lopez in ABN Amro fist round

Updated: February 13, 2012, 18:41


Paul-Henri Mathieu of France returns the ball to Lleyton Hewitt of Australia during the first round of the U.S. Open tennis tournament in New York, Monday, Aug. 30, 2010. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

ROTTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) Paul-Henri Mathieu rallied from a set down Monday to upset fourth-seeded Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the opening round of the ABN Amro World Tennis Tournament.

Sixth-seeded Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine also went out in the first round, losing 6-7 (4), 6-4, 6-2 to Lukasz Kubot of Poland.

Mathieu, who is ranked No. 733 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.

Jesse Huta Halung advanced to the second round by beating two-time Rotterdam finalist Ivan Ljubicic. The Dutchman won 7-6 (6), 6-3 against the 2005 and 2007 runner-up to secure his first win at the tournament.

He meets the winner of Thiemo de Bakker's match against seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki.

Another Dutchman, Robin Haase, faces Nikolay Davydenko on Tuesday with fellow Russians Mikhail Youzhny and Igor Kunitsyn also meeting later in the day.

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