BMW Open, Munich: Mikhail Youzhny and Jurgen Melzer make early exits

Last Updated: 30/04/13 8:27pm

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Mikhail Youzhny: Russian went down in three sets to Radek Stepanek

Mikhail Youzhny: Russian went down in three sets to Radek Stepanek

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Seventh-seeded Russian Mikhail Youzhny was the highest-profile casualty in the BMW Open in Munich.

Youzhny lost his first-round match to Czech Radek Stepanek 6-4 5-7 6-4 in almost two and a half hours.

Austrian Jurgen Melzer, the eighth seed, also went out, falling to a 6-3 6-3 loss against French wildcard Gael Monfils in under an hour.

There was better news for fifth seed Alexandr Dolgopolov, who saw off fellow Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-4 6-2.

Sixth seed Florian Mayer was given a rather sterner workout by Polish qualifier Lukasz Kubot, but the German prevailed 7-6 (7/2) 4-6 7-5.

Other first-round winners on Tuesday were Slovenia's Grega Zemlja, Serbia's Viktor Troicki, Evgeny Korolev of Kazakhstan and Latvia's Ernests Gulbis.

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