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.
Who’s playing and when on day five?
Third-round action continued at the Australian Open…
16th seed eases into round three.
Tired Thiem falls to Aussie teenager.
Legend offers huge praise to Murray.
Grand Slam champions to meet in round three.
What’s happening today, then?
Naomi Osaka and Madison Keys latest to advance.
Kei Nishikori held off Ivo Karlovic in epic match.