French wild card Ouanna stuns Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic

Invited by the organisers of the tournament in Lyon, 22 year-old wild card Josselin Ouanna destabilised the former world number number three in a nail-biting match 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4.


French youngster Josselin Ouanna beat Croatia's Ivan Ljubicic 6-7 (2/7), 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 in a surprise victory at the 713,000-euro ATP tournament here on Monday.

Ouanna, invited by the Lyon organisers as a wild card after his recent challenger tournament victory in Rennes, was delighted to beat the former world number three, now 46th in the list, in the first round.

"I'm delighted," said Ouanna, world-ranked 182nd, "It's very encouraging for my next matches. I think my play went up a notch at Rennes and now I know that I can go all the way."

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