The three-time Marseille Open champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga scored his first victory since the Davis Cup Finals 2019, beating Feliciano Lopez 3-6, 6-4, 7-5 in two hours and seven minutes. Lopez won five points more and played against only four break chances, losing serve twice and seizing two out of nine opportunities, which wasn't enough to carry him home after losing ground in the closing stages.
The Spaniard earned those breaks in games one and nine of the opener and grabbed it 6-3 when Tsonga netted a forehand. The Frenchman clinched a break in the second set's first game and served well to take it 6-4 following an ace in game ten to force a decider.
Both players served well in the decider's opening ten games before Lopez sprayed a forehand error at 5-5 to lose serve, allowing Tsonga to seal the deal with a service winner a few minutes later. Another Frenchman who has been struggling with injuries, Lucas Pouille, ousted Alex Molcan 7-5, 6-3 in an hour and 15 minutes, celebrating his first victory since Shanghai 2019.
Lucas lost serve once and earned three breaks that sent him over the top, gathering a massive boost with a late break in the opener. Carried by that boost, the Frenchman served well in set number two and stole the opponent's serve once to seize the triumph.
Pierre-Hugues Herbert played on a high level to topple Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-4, losing ten points in nine service games and never facing a break point. Nishikori couldn't repeat those numbers behind the initial shot, suffering three breaks and experiencing an early exit after playing well in Rotterdam.
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, Lucas Pouille and Pierre-Hugues Herbert reach round two.
Stefanos Tsitsipas' younger brother Petros received the main draw wild card and proved once again he is far from the top-level, losing 6-0, 6-2 to Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in swift 45 minutes.
The Spaniard gave away three points behind the initial shot and stole the rival's serve five times to control the scoreboard and sail into the second round. Mackenzie McDonald prevailed over Stefano Travaglia 7-6, 7-6 in two hours and 11 minutes, standing strong in both tie breaks to advance into the next round, continuing where he left at the Australian Open.