Halle, Germany (Sports Network) - Former top-10 star Gael Monfils of France
upset fifth-seeded Milos Raonic in Tuesday's first-round action at the
$900,000 Gerry Weber Open, a grass-court Wimbledon tune-up.
The oft-injured former world No. 7 Monfils continued his recent fine form by
dousing the big-serving Canadian slugger Raonic 6-4, 6-2 in 62 minutes at
Gerry Weber Stadium.
In other action involving seeds, No. 6 Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany
whipped Argentine Carlos Berlocq 6-3, 6-1 and Bosnian lucky-loser Mirza Basic
stunned seventh-seeded 6-foot-8 Pole Jerzy Janowicz 7-6 (7-5), 3-6, 7-6 (7-5).
Kohlschreiber was the Halle runner-up in 2008 and titled here two years ago
by beating Philipp Petzschner in an all-German final. Petzschner was replaced
in this week's draw by Basic.
Also on Day 2, Latvian Ernests Gulbis held off former Australian Open runner-
up Marcos Baghdatis of Cyprus 6-4, 3-6, 6-3; German wild card Cedrik-Marcel
Stebe beat Taiwanese qualifier Jimmy Wang 6-2, 6-4; German Tobias Kamke bested
Poland's Lukasz Kubot 6-4, 6-0; Argentine Leonardo Mayer dismissed German wild
card Jan-Lennard Struff 7-6 (7-4), 6-4; and veteran Austrian left-hander
Jurgen Melzer snuck past Italian qualifier Riccardo Ghedin 7-6 (7-5), 3-6,
6-4. Baghdatis was a Halle runner-up in 2007.
This week's top seeds are five-time Gerry Weber champion Roger Federer, French
star Richard Gasquet and long-time German favorite and defending champion
Tommy Haas, who stunned Federer in last year's finale.
The seven-time and reigning Wimbledon titlist Federer, who has appeared
in the Halle final on seven occasions, will face Stebe on Wednesday, while
Haas, who also titled here in 2009, will battle Gulbis on Thursday.
This week's winner will earn $163,000.
The Sports Network