Early Wimbledon exit for Rosset

Rosset's first round defeat was his first at Wimbledon since 1995 Keystone

Struggling Swiss tennis star Marc Rosset was unable to turn his miserable season around on Monday as the Genevan giant crashed out of the first day's play at Wimbledon.

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Rosset twice managed to fight his way back onto level terms during his first round match against Sweden's Magnus Larsson, but was eventually undone in the encounter's fifth and deciding set.

The 4-6, 6-3, 3-6, 6-1, 2-6 defeat was Rosset's sixth successive first round defeat. The former Swiss number one, now third in the national rankings behind Roger Federer and Michel Kratochvil, has not managed to win two matches in a row all year.

There was better news for Switzerland in the women's singles, where Emmanuelle Gagliardi won her opening match at Wimbledon for only the second time in her career.

The Swiss number four (WTA 98) enjoyed a straight sets victory over British wildcard entry Lucy Ahl (WTA 175), winning Monday's match 6-4, 6-1.

The 24-year-old Genevan will now have to beat America's Kristina Brandi (WTA 41) if she is to book her first ever place in the competition's third round.

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