Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France (Sports Network) - Former U.S. Open champion
Juan Martin del Potro and heavy French favorites Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and
Richard Gasquet were a trio of second-round winners Tuesday at the $3.465
Monte Carlo Masters, the third ATP Masters 1000 event of the season.
The fifth-seeded Argentine del Potro had to come from behind to best Ukrainian
Alexandr Dolgopolov 1-6, 6-4, 6-3, while the sixth-seeded former Australian
Open runner-up Tsonga handled former world No. 3 Russian Nikolay Davydenko 7-6
(7-3), 6-2 and the seventh-seeded Gasquet snuck past quality compatriot Benoit
Paire 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on the famed red clay at Monte Carlo Country Club.
In other second-round action involving seeds, rising Bulgarian Grigor
Dimitrov upset No. 8 Serb Janko Tipsarevic 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 and No. 16 German
Philipp Kohlschreiber held off Spanish qualifier Pablo Andujar 6-2, 2-6, 7-6
In opening-round play on Day 3, 10th-seeded Spaniard Nicolas Almagro overcame
tough Belgian David Goffin 2-6, 6-1, 6-3, 13th-seeded Swiss slugger Stanislas
Wawrinka topped Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-3, 7-5 and 14th-seeded Argentine
Juan Monaco whipped quality Slovak Martin Klizan 6-4, 6-0. Almagro was last
week's clay-court runner-up in Houston.
Also in the first round, Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes doused wild card
and struggling Frenchman Gael Monfils 6-2, 2-6, 6-4, Aussie Marinko Matosevic
straight-setted Spanish southpaw Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-3 and Spanish
qualifier Albert Ramos rolled past Czech veteran Radek Stepanek 6-3, 6-3.
Verdasco was the Monte Carlo runner-up three years ago.
Additional opening-round wins came for Spaniard Marcel Granollers, German
Florian Mayer, Austrian Jurgen Melzer, and big-serving South African Kevin
Anderson, who was a clay-court runner-up in Casablanca last week.
This prestigious tennis event, which dates all the way back to 1897, has been
captured the last eight years by the great Rafael Nadal, who topped Novak
Djokovic in last year's marquee finale. Last year's final marked a
rematch of the 2009 title match, which was also won by the clay-court king
Nadal is 44-1 lifetime at this event and owns a record 22 Masters titles
The world No. 1 Djokovic, who has been nursing an ankle injury for two
weeks, is scheduled to meet Russian Mikhail Youzhny in the second round here.
This week's other top seeds are U.S. Open champion Andy Murray and the French
Open stalwart Nadal. Murray's first bout of the week will come against
French qualifier Edouard Roger-Vasselin, while Nadal will tangle with
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