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Kohlschreiber upsets Pouille in Rotterdam

Press Association logoPress Association 14/02/2017

Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber has knocked out eighth seed Lucas Pouille in the first round of the World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam.

The 33-year-old world No.33 took the first set 7-5 and then comfortably swept aside his French opponent, 11 years his junior, 6-2 in the second.

Gilles Simon won the all-French battle against Nicolas Mahut but had to work hard as he recovered from losing the first set.

Simon struggled with his first serve all morning - his success rate was just 36 per cent in the opening set - but it gradually improved and he won the next two sets for a 3-6 6-3 6-4.

Luxembourg's Gilles Muller had an easier ride against Dutch wildcard Tallon Griekspoor, winning 6-3 6-2.

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