Top seeded players advance to next round in Monte-Carlo

Monfils survived while Tsonga, Djokovic and Ferrer sailed through

The central court at the Monte-Carlo Tennis Masters was packed with exciting matches on Tuesday, April 14, 2015. Gael Monfils former French No. 1, who is currently ranked 18th in the world and is 14th seeded in the tournament in MC, debuted on Central Court this morning by defeating Russian qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 46 63 64, after a wobbly first set. “I often struggle at this tournament. It’s always a difficult period of the year for me, and I’m really happy I got through this one,” Monfils said. “I’ve lost similar matches here before.”

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who is 14th in the ATP ranking and is seeded 11th in MC, came to Monaco after being away from competition for a long time due to an arm injury, that had been aggravated when he played Davis Cup final and forestalled his participation in the Australian Open. He defeated German Jan-Lennard Struff in straight sets, 64 64 in 1h 16min.

World No. 1, 27 years old Novak Djokovic easily defeated Spanish Albert Ramos-Vinolas in two straight sets, 61 64 in 86 minutes, playing at his best in his first clay-court match of the season. It follows his victories in Indian Wells and Miami top-ranked DJoko aims at winning his third 1000-points tournament in a row. “I felt very good,” said Djokovic. “I thought, considering the amount of months that I haven’t played on the clay courts, to play against somebody that is a clay-court specialist, and win in two sets, was a very good performance.” Besides, the Belgrade native is on his 142nd week as World No. 1, moving into the sixth place for most weeks spent at No.1 in the Emirates ATP Rankings.

Spanish David Ferrer ranked 7th beat V. Estrella Burgos who started really strong and on an attacking mood, but had to retire early in the second set due to a shoulder injury 64 20(ret.)

Results for Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Singles – Second Round

  • [1] N. Djokovic (SRB) d [Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP) 61 64
  • [5] D. Ferrer (ESP) d V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) 62 20 ret. (shoulder)
  • [8] M. Cilic (CRO) d [PR] F. Mayer (GER) 63 36 63
  • A. Haider-Maurer (AUT) d B. Tomic (AUS) 67(4) 76(5) 64

Singles – First Round

  • [9] G. Dimitrov (BUL) d F. Verdasco (ESP) 64 46 64
  • [10] G. Simon (FRA) d [WC] B. Balleret (MON) 64 62
  • [11] J. Tsonga (FRA) d [LL] J. Struff (GER) 64 64
  • [14] [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) d [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS) 46 63 64
  • [16] T. Robredo (ESP) d A. Seppi (ITA) 63 16 64
  • [WC] L. Pouille (FRA) d D. Thiem (AUT) 64 64
  • V. Troicki (SRB) d M. Klizan (SVK) 76(5) 57 62
  • M. Granollers (ESP) d A. Mannarino (FRA) 63 60
  • J. Monaco (ARG) d J. Vesely (CZE) 64 62
  • J. Chardy (FRA) d [Q] D. Schwartzman (ARG) 75 62

Doubles – First Round

  • [Alt] R. Haase (NED) / R. Klaasen (RSA) d A. Mannarino (FRA) / L. Rosol (CZE) 61 62
  • [WC] B. Paire (FRA) / S. Wawrinka (SUI) d R. Bopanna (IND) / F. Mergea (ROU) 67(6) 64 10-7
  • G. Monfils (FRA) / J. Tsonga (FRA) d J. Murray (GBR) / J. Peers (AUS) 46 76(4) 10-6
  • S. Bolelli (ITA) / F. Fognini (ITA) d J. Cabal (COL) / R. Farah (COL) 63 64

Federer, Nadal and Wawrinka enter the scene on Wednesday

Swiss Stan Wawrinka (ATP 9, seeded 7th), who is the current title-holder, will open the ball Wednesday morning on central court facing Argentine Juan Monaco, alias “Pico”. In the second match, Spanish Rafael Nadal (ATP 5) who will play wild-carded French Luca Pouille who is 21 years old. They will be followed by French J. Chardy who will confront World No. 2 Swiss Roger Federer. Last but not least Jo-Wilfried Tsonga will be back again, this time against 24-year old David Goffin from Belgium. A feast of great tennis guaranteed!

Daily tennis quotation

“You always want to win. That is why you play tennis, because you love the sport and try to be the best you can at it.” Roger Federer

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