Grigor Dimitrov defeated Janko Tipsarevic in the second round of Monte Carlo, Frenchmen Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and Richard Gasquet also advanced.
Sixth-seeded Frenchman Tsonga got off to a flying start in the second round match in Monte Carlo as he broke his opponent Nikolay Davydenko to love in the opening game. However, the unseeded Russian clawed back by 2-2 and as there were no more break ball threats later on the set ended with a tie-break – the Frenchman dominated the thirteenth game and went one nil up after converting his first set point. The second set was equal until the fifth game when Tsonga went on a four straight games run to book his third round ticket with a 7-6 (3), 6-2 win.
In an all-French second round clash seed number seven Gasquet overcame Benoit Paire in three sets. He cruised through the first one as he broke his countryman twice and achieved a one break advantage to move 3-1 up in the following set. Paire then battled his way back into the match by turning around the second set, yet he was helpless again in the decider – Gasquet moved 5-1 ahead and soon served out the match to grab a 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 victory.
Eighth-seeded Serb Tipsarevic was stunned by unseeded Bulgarian Dimitrov who suffered a loss of serve in the opening game, yet he pegged back by 5-5 after fending off a couple of set balls. The follow-up tie-break went according to his plans and he was able to wrap up the set in the first attempt. He capitalized on the momentum shift in the second set as he broke Tipsarevic three times in a row to progress into third round in straight sets. End score: 7-6 (3), 6-1.