Robert Bautista-Agut defeated Gilles Simon in the first round of Monte Carlo Masters 2013, Grigor Dimitrov and Phillip Kohlschreiber also through.
In the clash of two unseeded players young Bulgarian Dimitrov overcame his experienced colleague Xavier Malisse of Belgium. Quite a few break balls were generated in the opening set with Dimitrov eventually consolidating one of his two breaks to move one set ahead. He put even more pressure on the Belgian in the following set to go 5-1 up, putting the match out of his rival’s reach. Dimitrov served it out gladly a couple of games later to advance with a 6-3, 6-2 victory.
Spaniard Bautista-Agut upset eleventh-seeded Frenchman Simon as he edged him out in straight sets. More than half of the first set games ended with a loss of serve – Simon thus failed to confirm any of his breaks, whilst he gave away three consecutive serves and allowed his opponent to seize the opener. In the second set each player was broken four times and a tie-break was to follow – the Spaniard celebrated a 6-3, 7-6 (6) triumph after converting his match ball number five.
Sixteenth-seeded German Kohlschreiber moved to the second round of Monte Carlo in straight sets as well. His first round challenger Thomaz Bellucci managed to break back by 3-3 in the opening set, but dropped another serve in the follow-up game. Kohlschreiber now started to produce one set ball after another before finally converting the fifth one. In the second set Bellucci gave away three service games in a row and the Austrian was able to wrap up the proceedings without difficulties. End score: 6-4, 6-2.
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