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Top seed Haas toppled in front of Munich fans

Top seed Haas toppled in front of Munich fans

Top seed Tommy Haas went out of the 353,450 euro Munich Open in the first round on Tuesday, losing 6-4, 6-4 to Sebastien Grosjean of France.
The German, who grew up near Munich, was beaten in just 87 minutes by Grosjean in a repeat of his first round exit a year ago. He had hoped to use the tournament to tune up for the French Open.
Not even the sellout home crowd could help Haas, who is 11th in the world compared to his 58th ranked opponent.
Haas lost a break to 2-1 in the first set and smashed his racket on court after losing his serve again to fall behind 1-0 early in the second set.
"I can understand that the fans want to see a winner," said the 29-year-old. "I just didn't play well. I'm extremely disappointed. I feel like burying myself. It's frustrating, a crap feeling not to be able to play well on this surface."
Defending champion Oliver Rochus of Belgium was beaten late on Monday by eighth seed Juergen Melzer of Austria 6-2, 6-4.
Also losing in the first round on Tuesday was Germany's Rainer Schuettler, beaten 6-4, 6-4 by fifth seed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.
Mathieu in form
Paul-Henri Mathieu beat fourth-seeded Fernando Gonzalez of Chile 6-2, 6-4 yesterday in the first round of the Estoril Open.
The Frenchman wrapped up victory over the Australian Open finalist in just over 80 minutes, confirming the clay-court form that earned his third career title last week at the Grand Prix Hassan II in Casablanca, Morocco.
Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet of France made it into the second round with a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Max Mirnyi of Belarus.
Sixth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia and seventh-seeded Agustin Calleri of Argentina needed three sets to advance. Tursunov beat Florent Serra of France 4-6, 6-3, 6-1, while Calleri ousted Thailand's Danai Udomchoke 6-4, 4-6, 6-1.
Vincent Spadea of the United States dropped a set in overcoming Teimuraz Gabashvili 6-1, 5-7, 6-4, but American Michael Russell lost to Spain's Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-1, 6-2.


Updated : 2021-06-18 01:39 GMT+08:00