Tennis - Simon suffers early exit in Monte Carlo

Last year's semi-finalist Gilles Simon suffered a shock 6-3 7-6 loss to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the Monte Carlo Masters first round on Monday.

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2013 Monte Carlo Gilles Simon

Roared on by the crowd, the 11th-seeded Frenchman saved five match points in the tiebreak before handing his opponent victory with a netted backhand.

Simon has struggled on clay this year, also losing the decisive match when France lost to Argentina in the Davis Cup quarter-finals last weekend.

Bautista Agut, 59th in the world rankings, secured his first win in a Masters series tournament.

Results:

Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) beat Robin Haase (Netherlands) 6-3 6-2 Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat 11-Gilles Simon (France) 6-3 7-6(6) Nikolay Davydenko (Russia) beat Daniel Brands (Germany) 6-3 6-4 Benoit Paire (France) beat Ivan Dodig (Croatia) 6-4 6-4 Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) beat Viktor Troicki (Serbia) 6-1 6-2 Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat 15-Andreas Seppi (Italy) 3-6 6-4 6-4 Milos Raonic (Canada) beat Julien Benneteau (France) 6-1 6-4

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