September 19, 2016

METZ, France (AP) With his serve clicking throughout, French veteran Julien Benneteau upset fifth-seeded Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-2, 6-1 in the first round of the Moselle Open on Monday.

Ranked more than 200 places below his opponent, the 34-year-old Benneteau had nine aces, won 87 percent of his first-serve points, 80 percent on second serve, did not face a break point and broke Klizan's serve five times in a one-sided match lasting less than one hour.

He next faces either countryman Paul-Henri Mathieu or Germany's Dustin Brown.

Also, sixth-seeded Gilles Muller of Luxembourg had 19 aces in a 7-6 (5), 7-5 win against Argentine Horacio Zeballos.

He plays either Nikoloz Basilashvili of Georgia or Frenchman Gregoire Barrere, who both came through the qualifying rounds at the indoor tournament in Metz.

You May Like