Fifth seed Philipp Kohlschreiber was sent packing at the MercedesCup on Tuesday as he went down to Denis Istomin.
It was a tough break for the German as he didn’t lose his serve during a match that was interrupted by rain with the man from Uzbekistan winning the two tie-breakers 7-6 (7-2), 7-6 (7-3).
Istomin will face another German in Florian Mayer in the second round as the 34-year-old veteran beat wild card Yannick Maden 6-4, 6-1.
Meanwhile, Frenchman Gilles Simon had a relatively easy afternoon as he beat Italian Matteo Viola 6-0, 6-3 and he will face either Feliciano Lopez or Viktor Troicki in the second round with their match to be completed on Wednesday following showers.
Smooth progress for Alexander Zverev.
Ashleigh Barty has pulled out of her final Roland Garros warm-up event.
Roger Federer has finally returned to Roland Garros ahead of the 2019 French Open.
Queen’s still hopeful Murray, Djokovic, Nadal will play.
Andy Murray has given another fitness update.
Nick Kyrgios not a fan of Roland Garros.
Richard Gasquet came close to Lyon Open exit.
Matthew Ebden and Andreas Seppi crashed out in the first round of the Geneva Open.
Dane “doing ok,” says father.
Michael Graham on rising stars Zverev and Tsitsipas.