The 16th world number one, Frenchman Gael Monfils, lost to his compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who occupies the 43rd line of the ATP rating, with a score of 6/7 (6), 4/6 at the start of the tournament in Halle.
The match lasted 1 hour and 40 minutes. During this time, the 32-year-old Monfils completed five aces, made a mistake eight times in filing and realized one break point, and the 28-year-old Erber filed right through four times, made four double mistakes and made two breaks. Now the score in personal meetings was 2-0 in favor of Pierre-Yug.
In the second round of the Halle Open competition, Herbert will fight with the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky or the German Rudolf Molleker.
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