Spaniard Feliciano Lopez eased into the second round of the 2012 US Open with a 6-3 7-5 6-2 win over Dutch player Robin Haase in 1 hour and 48 minutes.
An early break in the match was enough for Lopez to secure him the first set, that saw quite a few long rallies and many forced errors by both players. Lopez hit only 1 winner and 2 unforced errors while Haase produced 3 winners and 1 unforced error in set one.
The second set was a bit more tight and the New York crowd witnessed one break of serve as the Spaniard took Haase’s serve to give himself a comfortable two sets lead in the match. Lopez hit 5 aces, 5 winners and 1 unforced error in the set, while Haase hit 4 aces, 4 winners and 1 unforced error.
Lopez showed some dominance in the third set, hitting 11 aces and 11 winners and no unforced errors, breaking his opponent’s serve twice to book a place in the second round with a set 6-2 win. Throughout the match, only 7 unforced errors have been hit by both players, which is an extremely low number for a three set match.
No.30 seed Lopez will now play either Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci or fellow countryman Pablo Andujar. The encounter between Bellucci and Andujar is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
Also through to the next round are Frenchman Paul Herri Mathieu after overcoming Russian Igor Andreev in a five set battle 2-6 4-6 7-6 (1) 7-6 (4) 6-1, Ivan Dodig of Croatia after demolishing Japanese qualifier Hiroki Moriya 6-0 6-1 6-2 and German Bjorn Phau, who eliminated Belgian qualifier Maxime Authom with a 6-2 4-6 6-4 7-6 (5) scoreline.