Gilles Simon of France returns a hit against Feliciano Lopez of Spain during their men's singles match on day one at the Kooyong Classic tennis event in Melbourne on January 12, 2016. AFP PHOTO / Mal FAIRCLOUGH
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Spain's Feliciano Lopez fought off jet lag to open the Kooyong Classic with a 6-7 (4/7), 6-4, 11-9 comeback win over an injury-hampered Gilles Simon Tuesday.Despite Simon's abdominal injury, Lopez had to save four match points before prevailing against the world number 15 from France.Nicolas Almagro became the second Spaniard to advance as he beat France's Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-3, rallying from 3-5 down in the first set and winning five games in a row during his fightback at an event expanded this year to a dozen players.Simon took 50 minutes to win the opening set, but appeared to be struggling physically in the second.Simon dropped serve a game later with Lopez squaring the match after the 37-minute set.
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