Tsonga Opens With Win at Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters

French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a winner over former world number three Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(3), 6-2 in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters
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French number one Jo-Wilfried Tsonga was a winner over former world number three Nikolay Davydenko 7-6(3), 6-2 in the second round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. Tsonga, who did not lift a racquet last week after his long trip to Argentina for France’s Davis Cup tie, said, “It was a pretty good start, but I can do better. I got broken from the start. But I did play a solid match and I was able to manage the situation quite well. I'm happy I won because he can be a very dangerous player. He's proven it in the past. If I was able to win, it means I was able also to do something good on the court.” Tsonga improved to a 17-5 match record in 2013, highlighted by winning his 10th ATP World Tour title at the Open 13 in Marseille over Thomas Berdych.

Spanish qualifier Albert Montanes was an upset winner over France’s Gael Monfils 6-2, 2-6, 6-4 in one hour and 48 minutes. Montanes claimed just his fifth tour-level win of the season.

South Africa's Kevin Anderson was a 7-5, 7-6(9) winner over Poland’s Jerzy Janowicz. Anderson closed out victory in one hour and 48 minutes on his fourth match point, having saved four set points and rallied from a 1-5 deficit in the tie-break.

Seventh-seeded Richard Gasquet won an all-French clash with Benoit Paire 6-1, 3-6, 6-1, converting five of his six break point chances to claim the win. Gasquet is coming off a semifinal showing at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami where he fell to Andy Murray and has a 22-5 event record on the season.

World number 34 Grigor Dimitrov was an upset winner over the eighth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(3), 6-1. Dimitrov rallied from down a break at 5-4 in the first set and finished strongly to close out the victory.

Thirteenth-seeded Stanislas Wawrinka opened his campaign with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Denis Istomin in the first round. Wawrinka was a semifinalist in Monte-Carlo in 2009 where he lost to Novak Djokovic, and advances to face Montanes.