No.13 seed Gael Monfils won his first round match at the Rome Tennis Masters after he defeated Russia’s Alex Bogomolov Jr. in straight sets 6-4 6-1.
In quite windy conditions, Bogomolov never really managed to put enough pressure on Monfils and force him to come up with some high quality tennis.
The Frenchman’s next opponent will be former world no.1 Juan Carlos Ferrero, who overcame Kevin Anderson of South Africa, beating him 6-4 7-5.
Spaniard Fernando Verdasco booked his place in the second round after his opponent Alexandr Dolgopolov of Ukraine retired at 6-0 in Verdasco’s favour. The Ukrainian called for a trainer but wasn’t able to carry on in the match due to stomach problems.
Verdasco will face his countryman and 6th seed David Ferrer next.
Marcos Baghdatis lost his match against the wild card holder Fabio Fognini surprisingly easily, the Italian winning 6-2 6-2 and setting up a second round clash against the winner of the match between the 15th seed Feliciano Lopez and Marcel Granollers.