Gael Monfils beats 5th-seeded Milos Raonic on grass in Halle, Germany

Gael Monfils beat fifth-seeded Milos Raonic 6-4, 6-2 Tuesday in the first round of the Gerry Weber Open.

Monfils broke for 2-1 in the first set. He also went up a break at the start of the second set.

Raonic put some pressure on Monfils in the final game, but Monfils hit a drop shot followed with a lob. He then served out the match with an ace. Raonic has lost both of his career matches to Monfils, a former top-10 player coming back after a knee injury.

In another first-round match, Tobias Kamke of Germany beat Lukasz Kubot of Poland 6-4, 6-0.