Benoit Paire rallied to beat Donald Young of the US 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-2, while Guillermo Garcia-Lopez downed Fabio Fognini of Italy 6-4, 3-6, 7-5 in the first round at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco, on Monday.
Paire held on after being in trouble late in the second set, saving two break points in the 11th game and then trailing 4-2 in the tiebreaker. The Frenchman will play either Matthias Bachinger of Germany or Italy’s Filippo Volandri in the next round.
Garcia-Lopez broke four times to beat Fognini for the first time on clay and level their head-to-head record at 2-2. The Italian had won both previous meetings on clay, including in the third round of the French Open last year.
The Spaniard will play either Paul-Henri Mathieu of France or Moroccan wild-card Mehdi Ziadi.
Igor Andreev of Russia defeated Albert Montanes of Spain 6-3, 6-3 and he is scheduled to meet Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
US MEN’S CLAY COURT
AP, HOUSTON, TEXAS
Sixth seed Carlos Berlocq of Argentina overcame an injury to beat James Blake of the US 6-4, 2-6, 6-1 in their first-round match at the US Men’s Clay Court Championship in Houston, Texas, on Monday night.
Berlocq took early charge with a 5-1 lead in the first set and then had to hold on to win the opening set. Blake easily won the second set when Berlocq had his injured left calf muscle treated.
Instead of fading, Berlocq was energized from the start of the final set. Blake held serve in the first game, but then Berlocq won six straight games.
Berlocq broke Blake in the final game at love, hitting a backhand return-of-service winner on his first match point.
Sam Querrey of the US, a finalist in 2010, beat Eric Prodon of France 6-1, 6-4.
Former champion Tommy Haas withdrew with a right-knee injury prior to a qualifying match.