Ricardas Berankis bounces Denis Istomin in Nice opener

May 19, 2013 at 1:49 PM

NICE, France, May 19 (UPI) -- Eighth-seeded Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan earned an early exit at the Nice Open Sunday, falling to Lithuanian Ricardas Berankis in opening day action.

Berankis beat Istomin 6-2, 6-2 at the Nice Lawn Tennis Club, advancing to Round 2, where he will take on Edouard Roger-Vasselin.

The French wild card moved on when his opponent, Colombian Alejandro Falla, left with a calf injury after losing the first set 7-5.

Spain's Nicolas Almagro is seeking his third straight title at this year's Nice event.

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