Michael Llodra loses in first round of Open Sud de France

Updated: 04 February 2014 23:49 IST

Michael Llodra had won his only previous meeting against compatriot Marc Gicquel but this time the Frenchman was more clinical in his approach.

Montpellier, France:

French player Marc Gicquel advanced to the second round of the Open Sud de France after beating countryman Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (4).

Llodra had won their only previous meeting, five years ago in Lyon, but this time Gicquel was more clinical, converting two of his five break-point opportunities, whereas Llodra took only one of eight chances. Both players had six aces.

Gicquel next plays countryman Gilles Simon, who is seeded second.

In other first-round matches, Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin also advanced, winning 6-4, 7-5 against qualifier Marsel Ilhan of Turkey and next plays fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.

Adrian Mannarino beat Vincent Millot 6-4, 6-4 in another all-French match.

Topics : Tennis
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