Del Potro defeats Dolgopolov to reach 3rd round at Monte Carlo Masters

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Juan Monaco and Nicolas Almagro won their first round matches at Monte Carlo Masters 2013, whilst Juan Martin Del Potro squeezed into the third round after a set down.

A shaky start of the Monte Carlo tournament for fifth seed Argentine Del Potro as he was broken twice by his rival Alexandr Dolgopolov in the opening set which thus went the Ukrainian’s way. Delpo improved in the second set, yet he was a break down at 3-4, so he had to rescue the set to keep his third round chances alive – he did so by winning three consecutive games. In the decider the Argentine consolidated his second break to move 5-2 up and converted the first match point to clinch a 1-6, 6-4, 6-3 victory.

Tenth seed Spaniard Almagro eliminated David Goffin of Belgium after turning around their first round Monte Carlo clash. The Belgian was very convincing in the opener where he achieved a two break cushion before sealing the first set 31 minutes into the match. Almagro regrouped for the second set where he marched to a 5-0 advantage and leveled the terms after exactly one hour of play. He stayed composed in the decider as well and won three games in a row after 3-3 to cross the finish line first. He celebrated a 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 triumph.

Seed number fourteen Monaco put in a very strong first round performance to throw out Slovak Martin Klizan in a bit more than one hour of play. He broke back twice in the opener and managed to clinch the deciding third break to acquire a one set advantage. The Argentine then excelled in the second set as he delivered Klizan a bagel to complete his 6-4, 6-0 win.

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