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Karlovia dumps Youzhny out of Halle tournament

AFP, HALLE, Germany

Last year’s runner-up Mikhail Youzhny was sent crashing out of the ATP Halle grass-court tournament on Tuesday, undone 6-3, 6-4 by the big-serving Ivo Karlovia.

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 Lu Yen-hsun.

There was an early exit also for another top grass-court player in the form of Frenchman Richard Gasquet, who fell 6-4, 6-4 to Robin Haase of the Netherlands.

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.

Top seed and newly crowned French Open champion Rafael Nadal was scheduled to play his second-round tie yesterday, as was second seed Roger Federer.

Both had first-round byes.

Late 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.

Playing for the first time since losing 6-0 in the fifth set to Andy Murray in the French Open quarter-finals, Monfils is next to play Japanese world No. 12 Kei Nishikori, a first-round loser in Paris.

QUEEN’S CLUB

AP, LONDON

Former champion Marin Cilic was upset by Marinko Matosevic of Australia in the opening round at the Queen’s Club on Tuesday.

The Croat won the grass-court title in 2012 and finished as runner-up to Andy Murray last year, but was beaten 6-4, 6-4, with a single break of serve in each set deciding the outcome.

Matosevic, who reached the final of a grass event in Nottingham last week, saved a break point in each set on his way to victory.

In second-round matches, second-seeded Tomas Berdych struggled to a 7-6 (7/3), 5-7, 6-4 win over Australian qualifier James Duckworth, while fourth-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria defeated British wild card James Ward 7-5, 6-3.

Jarkko Nieminen of Finland saved three match points before defeating Benoit Paire of France 2-6, 6-3, 7-6 (7/1).

He is next to face Russian Dmitry Tursunov, who defeated Dutchman Igor Sijsling 6-3, 6-4.

Spain’s Feliciano Lopez needed three sets — and two days — to overcome Serbia’s Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 6-7 (7/3), 6-1 in a match that was suspended overnight because of rain. His next opponent is scheduled to be four-time champion Lleyton Hewitt.

Seventh-seeded South African Kevin Anderson reached the third round with a 6-2, 6-3 win over Britain’s Daniel Evans, and there were first-round wins for Vasek Pospisil of Canada and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic.

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