Tennis player Mannarino slumps to early exit in Lyon

22 May, 2018 9:26 am

PARIS (Reuters) – Fifth seed Adrian Mannarino’s disappointing run on clay continued as he suffered a 6-3 4-6 6-1 defeat by Spain’s Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in the opening round of the Lyon Open.

World number 71 Garcia-Lopez converted six break point opportunities to inflict a fourth straight defeat on Frenchman Mannarino, who also suffered early exits in Rome, Madrid and Barcelona.

British number three Cameron Norrie progressed with a comfortable 7-6(5) 6-1 win over Dominican Republic qualifier Jose Hernandez-Fernandez.

The 22-year-old overcame a slow start to break his opponent twice in the second set and book a second round meeting with Germany’s Maximilian Marterer.

Marterer, ranked 69th in the world, rallied back from a set down to beat home favourite Gael Monfils 2-6 6-4 6-4.

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