Taiwan’s Lu Yen-hsun handed fifth seed Andreas Seppi his third successive first-round defeat on Monday as he beat the Italian 7-5, 1-6, 6-4 at the Nice Open, with Lu recording his first ATP Tour win since reaching the second round of the Sony Open in Miami in March.
Former world No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt of Australia also lost in the first round.
Hewitt, playing in the tournament for the first time, was beaten by Pablo Andujar of Spain 6-3, 4-6, 6-3.
Lu next faces Spaniard Andujar, a semi-finalist at the Madrid Open earlier this month.
Carlos Berlocq of Argentina and Robin Haase of the Netherlands also advanced.
Haase faces fourth seed John Isner of the US in the next round.
Berlocq did not face a break point in his 6-2, 6-1 victory over compatriot Leonardo Mayer. Haase beat Marinko Matosevic of Australia 6-1, 6-4.
Victor Hanescu of Romania outlasted Albert Ramos of Spain 6-3, 5-7, 6-4.
The 2011 runner-up next meets Albert Montanes of Spain.
POWER HORSE CUP
AP, DUESSELDORF, Germany
Sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen of Finland advanced to the second round of the Power Horse Cup by beating Lukas Lacko of Slovakia 6-3, 6-1 on Monday.
Brazilian qualifier Andre Gham defeated Go Soeda of Japan 6-4, 6-0.
Gham is ranked No. 260 in the world, while Soeda is No. 115.
Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain landed 80 percent of first serves to rally past Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 2-6, 6-4, 6-2. Muller committed seven double-faults.
Tobias Kamke defeated Benjamin Becker 6-3, 6-2 in an all-German match.
The clay-court tournament is a warm-up for the French Open which starts on Sunday.