Review of Tuesday's action at the ATP Mercedes Cup

Last Updated June 13 2018, 06:23Tennis
Denis Istomin shakes hands with Philipp Kohlschreiber
Denis Istomin shakes hands with Philipp Kohlschreiber

Denis Istomin produced an upset to defeat two-time runner-up Philipp Kohlschreiber on a rain-hit day at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart.

Only three of the scheduled matches were able to be completed, with fifth-seeded Kohlschreiber the biggest scalp.

Istomin, ranked 100, defeated the world number 22 German in straight sets, winning both in a tie-break 7-6 (7/2) 7-6 (7/3).

Elsewhere, Marton Fucsovics and Frenchman Gilles Simon also progressed before Feliciano Lopez saw his match against Viktor Troicki called off, with the Spaniard having taken the first set 6-1.

Wednesday will now see defending champion Lucas Pouille, in action, while Roger Federer, returning to action for the first time since early April following his decision to skip the clay-court season, takes on Mischa Zverev.

At the Libema Open in s-Hertogenbosch, fifth-seeded Greek teenager Stefanos Tsitsipas needed three sets to defeat lucky loser John-Patrick Smith of Australia 3-6 6-3 6-4.

However, number eight seed Andreas Seppi is out after the Italian lost 6-4 6-2 against American wild card Mackenzie McDonald.

Elsewhere, Australian Bernard Tomic came through his first-round match against Kevin King 6-4 6-2, while his compatriot qualifier Alex Bolt beat Vasek Pospisil of Canada in three sets.

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