Halle - Last year's runner-up Mikhail Youzhny was sent crashing out of the ATP Halle grasscourt tournament on Tuesday, undone 6-3, 6-4 by the big serving Ivo Karlovic.The giant Croat, ranked 33rd in the world,
sent down 22 aces in the short space of time in a 73-minute first round
match with the Russian powerless to do anything about it.
Karlovic set up a second round tie against Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu who defeated Croatian qualifier Mate
Pavic 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (11/13), 7-6 (7/5) in a match that lasted 2 hours 44 minutes.
was an early exit also for another top grasscourt player in the form of
Frenchman Richard Gasquet who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Robin Haase of the
A former semi-finalist at Wimbledon, Gasquet has been
suffering with a bad back in recent weeks and he re-injured his right
shoulder in training for Halle.
"I am feeling the pain all the
time and I can't get that out of my head," he said, adding that he woud
travel to Eastbourne on Friday to play in the tournament there in the
week preceding Wimbledon.
Top seed and newly-crowned French Open
champion Rafael Nadal will play his second round tie on Wednesday as
will second seed Roger Federer.
Both had first round byes.
in the day, French showman Gael Monfils won his way through to the
second round with a 7-1, 7-5 win over Germany's Benjamin Becker.
for the first time since losing 6-0 in the fifth set to Andy Murray in
the French Open quarter-finals, Monfils will next play Japanese world
number 12 Kei Nishikori, a first round loser in Paris.
Monfils did not sound too confident he would go far in the tournament.
"I don't like grass because I am always fearful that I might get injured," he said. "Already I have some pain in my knee."
Results from second day of the Gerry Weber Open at Halle on Tuesday:
Alejandro Falla (COL) bt Lukasz Kubot (POL) 6-2, 3-6, 6-3
Robin Haase (NED) bt Richard Gasquet (FRA x5) 6-4, 6-4
Ivo Karlovic (CRO) bt Mikhail Youzhny (RUS x6) 6-3, 6-4
Lu Yen-Hsun (TPE) bt Mate Pavic (CRO) 7-6 (7/2), 6-7 (11/13), 7-6 (7/5)