Mexican ties

RUI MACHADO had the satisfaction of watching his opening round Puebla conqueror, Michael Lammer, sweep to victory in the 35,000 dollar ATP Challenger at the cost of dropping only one set.

This week the Algarvian made a winning start to Mexico’s Cancun tournament, dismissing Slovenia’s Blaz Kavcic in straight sets while compatriot and fourth seed Frederico Gil was equally convincing against American Michael Russell.