More & Watch Highlights: Lopez Saves 3 M.P. To Beat Coric In Beijing
Edmund, Khachanov also among first-round winners
Lopez, the 2012 semi-finalist, recovered from a 2-5 deficit in the first set and saved three match points at 4-5 in the deciding set for victory in two hours and 45 minutes. It was his 19th match win of the year and he will now prepare to face Germany’s Mischa Zverev or Filip Krajinovic of Serbia in the second round.
Fifth-seeded Briton Kyle Edmund, a finalist at the Grand Prix Hassan II (l. to Andujar) in April, struck 13 aces to overcome Peter Gojowczyk of Germany in one hour and 31 minutes. He awaits the winner of Italian qualifier Matteo Berrettini and Leonardo Mayer of Argentina.
Elsewhere, Russian Karen Khachanov lost just four of his first-service points to beat Sam Querrey of the United States 6-4, 6-4 in 75 minutes. The Open 13 Provence champion (d. Pouille), now with a 34-19 match record on the season, will challenge top seed Juan Martin del Potro, a contender for a place at the Nitto ATP Finals, or Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain.