Defending champion Mahut into 2nd round of Ricoh Open

THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) Defending champion Nicolas Mahut made short work of his first-round match at the Ricoh Open on Monday, beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-1, 6-4 to set up an all-French second-round match.

Mahut, who is seeking his third title on the Rosmalen grass courts in the Wimbledon tuneup, will next face Paul-Henri Mathieu, who beat Rajeev Ram of the United States 6-4, 6-4.

Stefan Kozlov of the U.S. survived the first day of the tournament by beating Yoshihito Nishioka of Japan 6-1, 2-6, 6-3, and Sam Querrey made it two U.S. wins on the opening day, edging Benjamin Becker of Germany 7-6 (3), 7-6 (5).

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