Grigor Dimitrov disappointed by early exit at French Open

Grigor Dimitrov returns a shot to Argentina's Juan Martin Del Portro during their third round match at the ninth and final ATP World Tour Masters 1000 indoor tennis tournament on October 31, 2013
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Grigor Dimitrov describes his first-round defeat to Ivo Karlovic at the French Open as a "big disappointment".

Grigor Dimitrov has described his first-round exit at the French Open as a "big disappointment".

The Bulgarian, who was seeded ninth in Paris, was beaten in straight sets by world number 37 Ivo Karlovic on Tuesday.

Karlovic will now meet Austria's Andreas Haider-Maurer for a place in the third round.

"It's never easy to play against Ivo," Dimitrov told reporters. "Of course, it's a big disappointment for me. I liked my chances here.

"It was a very tough task for me today, especially if everything was going his way. I just couldn't find my rhythm and I couldn't [convert] any of the little opportunities that I had in the match."

Dimitrov beat Karlovic in straight sets earlier this month at the Italian Open before being knocked out in the semi-finals by Rafael Nadal.

Grigor Dimitrov in action against Marcel Granollers during the Monte Carlo Masters second round on April 16, 2014
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