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Frenchman Simon suffers early exit in Monte Carlo

Gilles Simon of France wipes his face during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during the first round of the Monte Carlo Mast
Gilles Simon of France wipes his face during his match against Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain during the first round of the Monte Carlo Mast

MONTE CARLO (Reuters) - Last year's semi-finalist Gilles Simon suffered a shock 6-3 7-6 loss to Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut in the Monte Carlo Masters first round on Monday.

Roared on by the crowd, the 11th-seeded Frenchman saved five match points in the tiebreak before handing his opponent victory with a netted backhand.

Simon has struggled on clay this year, also losing the decisive match when France lost to Argentina in the Davis Cup quarter-finals last weekend.

Bautista Agut, 59th in the world rankings, secured his first win in a Masters series tournament.

(Reporting by Gregory Blachier; Editing by Ed Osmond)

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