7 August 2018 | AAP

Australian Daria Gavrilova has been bundled out in the first round of the Canadian Open, losing a tight three-setter to Lucie Safarova.

The world No.23 went a set up on the Czech veteran in Montreal on Monday before Safarova staged a fightback to win 4-6 6-4 7-5 in two hours and 35 minutes.

Safarova, who won two matches to qualify for the main draw, reeled off five straight games to come back from 2-5 down in the third set, saving a match point when serving at 3-5 30-40.

Gavrilova served 17 double faults throughout the match and also led 4-2 in the second set.

In Toronto on Monday, Australian Matt Ebden was upset by a local wildcard in the first round.

The 30-year-old world No.52 dropped a golden chance to make the final 32 of the Masters event in Montreal, losing 7-6(3) 6-4 to 121st-ranked Canuck Peter Polansky in one hour and 34 minutes.

Polansky will face either Novak Djokovic or Hyeon Chung in the second round.

In other results, Frenchman Benoit Paire defeated American Jared Donaldson 6-3 6-4, Hungarian Marton Fucsovics beat Portugal’s Joao Sousa 6-4 7-6(2) and Spanish journeyman Fernando Verdasco eased past German Peter Gojowczy 6-2 6-2.