In Noventi Open tennis, world No. 2 Daniil Medvedev of Russia suffered a major blow to his Wimbledon preparations as world No. 45 Jan-Lennard Struff of Germany beat him 7-6 (6), 6-3 in the opening round of a grass-court tournament at Halle, Germany.
Halle debutant Lloyd Harris of South Africa broke serve once in each set to overcome eighth-seeded Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4.
The South African will challenge Slovakian qualifier Lukas Lacko in the pre-quarterfinals. Lacko beat Guido Pella of Argentina 6-7 (5), 7-5, 6-1. Japan’s Kei Nishikori, the 2014-15 semi-finalist, had to work hard to beat Ricardas Berankis of Lithuania 6-3, 2-6, 6-2 in one hour and 41 minutes. Nishikori now meets American Sebastian Korda, who defeated Spain’s Roberto Bautista Agut 6-3, 7-6 (0)