Richard Gasquet, the provisional top seed for Eastbourne, was blasted off the grass court by Robin Haase to fall at the first hurdle in the Gerry Weber Open in the Netherlands.
The French star, who missed the entire clay court season apart from Roland Garros with a back injury, failed to even reach a break point against Dutch ace Haase to suffer a shock 6-4 6-4 defeat.
Haase delighted his home crowd with the victory by breaking Gasquet in the seventh game of the opening set and the third game of the second, registering his only success against the former Wimbledon semi-finalist in their third career meeting.
And prior to this encounter Gasquet had been in impressive form back on the ATP Tour, having steamed into the 3rd Round at the French Open before Spaniard Fernando Verdasco halted his run in straight sets in Paris.
But Gasquet, injured his right shoulder again whilst practising for the Gerry Weber Open, said: “I’m feeling the pain all the time and I can’t get that out of my head.”
He will be aiming to return to winning ways as he focuses on warming up for Wimbledon by fine-tuning his grass court game at the 2014 Aegon International, where he is provisionally the only ATP Tour player inside the world’s top 20.