Paul-Henri Mathieu, pictured, snuck past German Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3).
Metz, France (SportsNetwork.com) -
Former finalist Paul-Henri Mathieu notched a first-round victory Monday at the Moselle Open tennis event.
The veteran French crowd favorite snuck past German Benjamin Becker 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3) in just under two hours on the indoor hardcourts at Metz Arena. There were no breaks of serve, as Mathieu cracked eight aces, while Becker popped seven in a losing effort.
The 32-year-old world No. 91 Mathieu, who saved all eight break points he faced against Becker, was the runner-up in Metz in 2008.
Also advancing Monday was Luxembourg's Gilles Muller, who dismissed Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-1, 7-6 (8-6).