In what turned out to be one of the most entertaining matches of the day, Juan Monaco finally saw off Ernests Gulbis 6-0 3-6 6-3 to move into the third round of the 2013 Monte Carlo Masters. Gulbis started awfully and found himself down 0-40 immediately to start the match with Monaco finally converting on the third to seize control. It didn’t get much better from there with the Latvian seeing just one game point in his next two service games, and losing both of them after saving multiple break points as he fell to a bagel in the first set.
The second set didn’t get much better for him as he was broken once more before Monaco held to make it eight games in a row before Gulbis eventually turned up and saved himself from severe embarrassment on the scoreline front. Just as entertaining as the excellent tennis that saw Gulbis storming back to get back on serve and eventually take the lead was his running battles with the umpire. A broken racket saw him handed a warning early on. After completing a five game run to take the second 6-3, it all fell apart again in the decider. In frustration, he kicked a ball into the stands to incur a point penalty and then a second broken racket after being broken saw Gulbis deducted a game to fall down 0-3. A second break for Monaco left a lot of work for Gulbis to do to make a comeback but he would come as close as getting a break point at 3-5 to get the match back on serve only to shank the return. Monaco would finally hold to move into the next round.
In a less exciting encounter, Andy Murray defeated Edouard Roger-Vasselin with ease. The 6-1 6-4 victory saw Murray break his French opponent’s serve four times with the only blip a poor service game when serving at 4-0 up. Had he held, Murray would most likely have been looking at a bagel given he broke next time before serving out the set to love. The second set was a little more competitive with just a solitary break for Murray early on. Backed by winning 88% of first serve points in the second, he held on to his *2-1 advantage until the end, facing just the one break point. Murray faces a sterner challenge tomorrow, with Stanislas Wawrinka awaiting in round three.