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Gael Monfils defeats Marco Cecchinato in three sets at the German Tennis Championships 2018 presented by Kampmann on Tuesday.

Monfils Shocks Cecchinato In Hamburg

Gasquet advances in straight sets

Gael Monfils made a strong start to his German Tennis Championships presented by Kampmann campaign, beating Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 on Tuesday.

The 2011 quarter-finalist broke in the final game of the match to stun sixth-seeded Cecchinato after one hour and 40 minutes. Cecchinato entered Hamburg in great form, having reached a career-high No. 22 in the ATP Rankings after lifting his second tour-level trophy of the season in Umag last week.

The 31-year-old Frenchman put 95 per cent of first serves into court and converted three of his five break-point chances to secure victory. Qatar ExxonMobil Open champion Monfils has now won 22 of his 35 tour-level encounters this season.

"I was very good in my movement, but also my serve," said Monfils. "I like to serve with a little bit less speed, [reach] his backhand and try to control the court with my forehand, so I was happy with that."

Monfils will face two-time champion Leonardo Mayer in the second round. Mayer dropped just five games in his first-round win over Albert Ramos-Vinolas on Monday.

"It is going to be a tough [match]," said Monfils. "We played once this year and it was very tough, so I'll expect a tough one tomorrow."

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SkiStar Swedish Open runner-up Richard Gasquet also progressed to the second round in northern Germany. The seventh seed beat countryman Benoit Paire 7-5, 6-3 to record his 25th tour-level win of the season.

The 2005 finalist now owns a 6-1 FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Paire, who emerged victorous in their last encounter at the Internazionali BNL d'Italia in May. Gasquet will meet Nicolas Jarry for a place in the quarter-finals. The Brasil Open finalist cruised past home favourite Peter Gojowczyk 6-1, 6-2 in 52 minutes.

Fernando Verdasco continued his strong form to edge Dusan Lajovic 6-3, 4-6, 7-6(5). Verdasco, who had won just one of four previous FedEx ATP Head2Head encounters against the Serbian, fired six aces and won 70 per cent of first-serve points.

The eighth seed will face lucky loser Thiago Monteiro in the second round. Monteiro upset Gilles Simon 7-6(2), 6-2.

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