Sousa and Coric lose opening matches in Montpellier
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) Two seeded players lost in the first round at the Open Sud de France on Tuesday while local favorite Paul-Henri Mathieu advanced in straight sets.
Ruben Bemelmans upset sixth-seeded Joao Sousa 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 and Michael Berrer defeated No. 7 seed Borna Coric 7-6 (5), 6-2.
Mathieu saved all seven break points to beat teenager Elias Ymer, 6-1, 6-4 to set up an all-French second-round match with fourth-seeded Benoit Paire.
Also Jan-Lennard Struff beat Nicolas Mahut 6-3, 7-5 and qualifier Dustin Brown had a 7-5, 7-5 victory over Steve Darcis.