Sixth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez rallied for a 4-6 6-2 6-3 first-round victory over American Sam Querrey.
Sixth-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez rallied for a 4-6 6-2 6-3 first-round victory on the opening day of the ATP Delray Beach Open, with Australia’s Lleyton Hewitt to play on Tuesday (Wednesday AEDT).
Lopez, who was ousted in the second round of the indoor tournament in Memphis last week, fought hard for his victory over American Sam Querrey on Monday and next faces France’s Adrian Mannarino.
The eighth-seeded Hewitt, who opened the season with his 29th career title in Brisbane, comes into Delray Beach with 597 career match wins and is bidding to join Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal as the only active ATP players to win at least 600 matches.
The veteran will face left-handed American Bradley Klahn.
Earlier, Mannarino triumphed 6-4 6-2 over US wild card Jack Sock, who had won their two prior ATP meetings this season.
But on Monday, Sock converted just one of his eight break chances, while Mannarino broke the American four times en route to the victory.
The tournament’s top players swing into action on Tuesday, led by top-seeded German Tommy Haas and second-seeded American John Isner.
Third-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan, fresh from his successful title defence in Memphis, and fourth-seeded South African Kevin Anderson are also slated to play first-round matches on Tuesday.