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Chardy Upsets Karlovic In Eastbourne; Simon Advances

Eastbourne, Great Britain

Chardy© Getty ImagesJeremy Chardy won his first grass-court match of the year.

World No. 43 Jeremy Chardy upset two-time former champion Ivo Karlovic in the first round of the Aegon International on Monday in Eastbourne, beating the fifth seed 6-4, 6-4 in 65 minutes. Chardy lost just nine of his service points and withstood 14 aces to break Karlovic twice in their first meeting.

Karlovic won back-to-back titles at this ATP World Tour 250 tournament in 2007 (d. Clement) and 2008 (d. Verdasco), when it was staged in Nottingham, where it will return next year.

The 27-year-old Chardy claimed his first grass-court win of the season, having lost in three tie-breaks to Sam Querrey in his Queen's Club opener last week. The right-hander improved to a 19-14 match record on the year, highlighted by a semi-final run in Brisbane (l. to Federer).

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Karlovic wasn’t the only seed to fall on Day 1. Martin Klizan beat eighth seed Federico Delbonis 6-4, 6-4 in 70 minutes.

Third seed Feliciano Lopez will open his title defence against Tobias Kamke after the German qualifier beat British wild card Daniel Evans 6-2, 6-3 in 66 minutes. Meanwhile, top seed Richard Gasquet will face Bernard Tomic in the second round after the Australian dismissed Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-4 in 68 minutes.

Last year’s runner-up Gilles Simon fired 15 aces as he edged Chris Guccione 7-6(2), 6-4 in 66 minutes. The sixth-seeded Frenchman was playing his first grass-court match of the season after reaching the third round at Roland Garros (l. to Raonic). He has a 12-13 record in 2014.

American Sam Querrey set a second-round meeting with No. 2 seed Alexandr Dolgopolov after hitting 12 aces in a 7-6(5), 6-3 victory over British wild card Kyle Edmund. Meanwhile, Australian Bernard Tomic defeated Andrey Golubev 6-4, 6-4 and will next play top seed Richard Gasquet.

Tomic trails Gasquet 1-4 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but claimed his victory in their lone grass-court meeting. "I played him five times, so I won once on grass, which is good confidence for me," he said. "I served very good that match when I won in Wimbledon last year in the third round, so I think I need to serve well."

Paes/Qureshi Team Up
Leander Paes and Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi, the No. 2 seeds, joined forces for just the second time and recorded a 6-4, 6-4 win over Andrey Golubev and Denis Istomin. Paes and Qureshi previously played together in 2006 at Mumbai, where they reached the quarter-finals.

Third seeds Robert Lindstedt and Max Mirnyi made their partnership debut Monday and battled past Juan Sebastian Cabal and Marcin Matkowski 6-7(3), 7-6(4), 10-8.

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