Basilashvili beaten by Brands in Bulgaria
The Georgian number five seed lost in straight sets.
World number 22 Nikoloz Basilashvili suffered a first-round defeat to qualifier Daniel Brands at the Sofia Open in Bulgaria.
The Georgian number five seed lost in straight sets, 7-6 (9/7) 7-5, to the German, ranked 180 in the world, in Tuesday’s opening match on Centre Court.
Earlier, Yannick Maden progressed with a 6-4 7-6 (7/4) win over Adrian Mannarino of France, while German Jan-Lennard Struff beat Italian qualifier Stefano Travaglia 6-4 6-3 to set up a clash against Australian Open semi-finalist Stefanos Tsitsipas.
At the South of France Open in Montpellier, world number 44 Pierre-Hugues Herbert coasted into the second round with a straight-sets win over Denis Kudla.
The French number seven seed beat the American 6-2 6-1 in just under an hour of Tuesday’s late match on Court Patrice Dominguez.
Earlier, number eight seed Benoit Paire progressed with a 7-5 6-3 win over Evgeny Donskoy.
Serbian Filip Krajinovic progressed 7-6 (9/7) 6-4 against Nicolas Mahut to secure a second-round match against David Goffin, the number two seed.
At the Cordoba Open in Argentina, world number 41 Nicolas Jarry suffered an unexpected first-round defeat against wildcard Juan Ignacio Londero.
The fifth seed from Chile lost 6-2 7-6 (7/5) to the home player, ranked 112 in the world.
Elsewhere on Tuesday, Argentinian Federico Delbonis beat compatriot Leonardo Mayer, the seventh seed, 6-4 6-7 (5/7) 6-3.
Jaume Munar beat Guido Andreozzi 6-1 6-4 to set up a meeting with second seed Marco Cecchinato, the world number 19, while Spaniard Roberto Carballes Baena and Uruguay’s Pablo Cuevas were also first-round winners.
Italian Alessandro Giannessi came from behind to battle past Brazilian wildcard Thiago Seyboth Wild 6-7 (8/10) 7-5 7-6 (7/4) to secure a second-round match against third seed Diego Schwartzman.