Marin Cilic was dumped out of the Open Sud de France on Wednesday, beaten in straight sets by Germany's Dustin Brown.
Cilic, the top seed at the tournament, went down 6-4, 6-4 in a surprise result at the end of the day as Brown, a player ranked more than 70 places below him, booked his place in the quarter-finals.
Employing his trademark aggressive style, Brown managed to convert break point opportunities in the ninth game of the first set and the seventh game of the second, and was surprisingly never really challenged on his own serve.
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It's the second early exit for Cilic at the start of the new season, following his second round loss to Dan Evans at the Australian Open.
In first round action in Montpellier, sixth seed Mischa Zverev was another early casualty, going down 6-4, 6-3 to Kenny de Schepper.
Fifth seed Feliciano Lopez had more good fortune, beating Julien Benneteau 6-3, 4-6, 7-6 (7-0).
Also advancing were home favourites Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Paul-Henri Mathieu.