Gael Monfils falls in Lyon, but good day for Cameron Norrie
Sixth seed Gael Monfils fell at the first hurdle at the Lyon Open, but British No 3 Cameron Norrie opened with a win.
Frenchman Monfils’ preparations for Roland Garros came to an early halt as he suffered a 2-6, 6-4, 6-4 defeat at the hands of Maximilian Marterer and the German will take on Norrie next.
The 21-year-old Brit came through a 7-6 (7-5), 6-1 win over Jose Hernandez-Fernandez from the Dominican Republic.
Norrie was in control early on as he opened up a 3-1 lead in the first set, but Hernandez-Fernandez fought back to level the scores before the world No 102 took the set in the tie-breaker.
However, it was one-way traffic in the second set.
Fifth seed Adrian Mannarino also crashed out as he was beaten 6-3, 4-6, 6-1 by Guillermo Garcia-Lopez while Radu Albot overcame Federico Delbonis 6-7 (7-9), 7-5, 6-4.
Gilles Simon was the lone French winner on Monday as he defeated Jordi Samper-Montana 6-4, 6-2 while Croat Dusan Lajovic beat Horacio Zeballos from Argentina 6-4, 6-2.
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