Tobias Kamke of Germany defeated South Africa’s Izak van der Merwe 6-3, 6-3 to advance to the second round of the SAP Open on Monday, while John McEnroe made a brief return to play an exhibition doubles match, teaming with young American Jack Sock to beat Gael Monfils and Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4 in a lighthearted match.
McEnroe showed the deft skill at the net that made him one of the game’s best doubles players ever in a match that included three players young enough to be his children.
“If you know some of the tricks of the trade, I don’t care,” he said. “I’m covering half the court. This is beautiful for me. I’m not saying I could go out and win things, but I’d be comfortable going against anybody right now playing doubles.”
McEnroe hit crisp volleys all match long, bringing back memories of his touring days when he won seven Grand Slam singles titles and 10 major doubles titles from 1977 to 1992.
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Paul-Henri Mathieu fought back from a set down on Monday to upset fourth seed Feliciano Lopez 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 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 (4/7), 6-4, 6-2 to Lukasz Kubot of Poland.
Mathieu, ranked No. 733 in the world after missing the whole of last year 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 seed 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 at the expense of two-time Rotterdam finalist Ivan Ljubicic. The Dutchman won 7-6 (8/6), 6-3 against the 2005 and 2007 runner-up to secure his first ever win at the tournament.
He next meets the winner of Thiemo de Bakker’s match against seventh-seeded Viktor Troicki.
AP, SAO PAULO, BRAZIL
Seventh-seeded Albert Montanes of Spain lost to Filippo Volandri of Italy in the first round of the Brazil Open on Monday.
Volandri needed 65 minutes to defeat the 51st-ranked Montanes in Sao Paulo, converting four of his seven break points to advance to the second round.
Earlier, wild-card Javier Marti of Spain defeated 2009 semi-finalist Frederico Gil of Portugal 6-2, 6-4, while Brazil’s Ricardo Mello beat Pere Riba of Spain 6-4, 6-2 in the late match.