Gael Monfil’s poor 2018 continues with early Munich exit

Gael Monfils was beaten by by Bosnia’s Mirza Basic in the first round at Munich as his 2018 struggles continued.

Monfils, the seventh seed, lost 6-2 3-6 6-3 to the world number 90 in one hour and 37 minutes.

It was a tight match the ebbed and flowed until Basic took a firm grip by winning 12 of the first 15 points in the deciding set.

However, there were no such troubles for Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, the sixth seed, who led a good day for the home nation with a 7-5 6-4 victory over big-serving Ivo Karlovic.

Kohlschreiber withstood 15 aces from the Croatian to secure a spot in the last 16, where he was joined by fellow Germans Jan-Lennard Struff, Yannick Maden, Mischa Zverev and Maximilian Marterer.

Fifth seed Fabio Fognini, though, was defeated 5-7 6-3 6-2 by compatriot Marco Cecchinato.