Monfils out of Mercedes Cup

Top seed Gael Monfils wasted two match points before being knocked out of the Mercedes Cup in the first round by Victor Hanescu. In a match which continue with Monfils 4-2 up overnight, the world number 64 Hanescu survived a tight second set tie-break before rotating the match in his favour and winning 2-6 7-6 (9-7) 6-4.Monfils was last year's crushed finalist in Stuttgart.

On another rain-affected day, Spain's Marcel Granollers required one hour and 10 minutes to defeat Italian seventh seed Andreas Seppi 6-3 3-6 6-1 in another late first round showdown. Defending champion Albert Montanes was thump out in the second round by fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar, who movement to the quarter-finals with a 2-6 6-4 6-3 success.

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