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Gasquet, Youzhny Fall In Halle; Monfils Advances

Halle, Germany

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Fifth seed Richard Gasquet and sixth seed Mikhail Youzhny both made first-round exits at the Gerry Weber Open on Tuesday.

Robin Haase struck 13 aces past Gasquet, a winner of two ATP World Tour grass-court titles, in a 6-4, 6-4 victory over 70 minutes. It was the pair’s first meeting since the London 2012 Olympic Games. Gasquet missed the majority of the clay swing due to a back injury, returning at Roland Garros (l. to Verdasco in 3rd RD).

"I just beat a very good grass court player, who is, of course, a very good player in general," said Haase. "But another match is completely new and you have to to start all over again. I hope that I will play like today, then I'll have a chance to get through."

Haase will now play Alejandro Falla, who was a 6-2, 3-6, 6-3 winner over Lukasz Kubot in one hour and 49 minutes. It was Falla's 100th tour-level win.

Gael Monfils opened his third Gerry Weber Open campaign with a 6-1, 7-5 victory over German Benjamin Becker in the first round. The Frenchman, back into the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings after a quarter-final finish at Roland Garros (l. to Murray), improved to 5-0 in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Becker. The 27 year old will meet fourth seed Kei Nishikori in the second round.

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Ivo Karlovic broke a three-time match losing streak against Youzhny, with his first win over the Russian, 6-3, 6-4 in 64 minutes. Karlovic, who reached the Dusseldorf Open final (l. to Kohlschreiber), hit 22 aces and leads the ATP World Tour in 2014 with 516 aces in 33 matches. Karlovic lost just one of his service points in the second set.

The Croatian goes on to face Yen-Hsun Lu, who was a 7-6(2), 6-7(11), 7-6(5) winner over qualifier Mate Pavic in two hours and 44 minutes. Pavic hit 21 aces and saved 10 of 12 break points.

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