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Monaco Cruises Into Olympics Second Round; Hewitt Happy To Wear "Green And Gold"

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Monaco© AFP/Getty ImagesArgentina's Juan Monaco will play Spaniard Feliciano Lopez in the second round at the London 2012 Olympic Tennis Event.

Ninth-seeded Argentine Juan Monaco cruised into the second round at the London 2012 Olympics Tennis Event on Monday after a 6-4, 6-1 victory over David Goffin of Belgium.

“I think I played a good match,” said Monaco, who lost just two points on his second serve and hit 15 winners. “It’s not easy to play the first match, but I’m happy with the way I played today. Maybe, the first set, I was a little up and down, but then in the second set I played well.” Monaco dropped 18 of 48 points in the second set.

When asked about representing Argentina at the Olympics, Monaco said, “I’m used to playing Davis Cup and I’m so proud to represent my country. It’s always a pressure, [but] it’s amazing, a great time. It’s different to what we usually do on the tour. I’m enjoying it a lot and I’m very happy to be on the Argentine team.”

Goffin, who committed 15 unforced errors, admitted, “I’m a little bit disappointed to lose in the first round, but it was a good experience. There is a great atmosphere here at Wimbledon… and it has been a great experience in the [Olympic] Village with the Belgium team.”

In the second round, Monaco will play Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, who was a 6-7(5), 6-2, 9-7 victor over Dmitry Tursunov of Russia. “After losing the first set, the match was really complicated,” said Lopez. “I found the way to play better in the second set and the third set was really close. Both of us had chances at the end [but] I could get the break in the last game.”

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Croatian No. 13 seed Marin Cilic confessed he was “happy to be through” after he defeated Jurgen Melzer of Austria 7-6(5), 6-2. “It was not as comfortable as I thought it was going to be. I played really well in the tie-break – I had a lot of set points to finish it up – and then in the second set, I played better.”

Cilic will next challenge three-time Olympian Lleyton Hewitt of Australia. Hewitt required one hour and 44 minutes to beat Ukranian Sergiy Stakhovsky 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 and afterwards admitted, “I love playing here. It’s the greatest place to play tennis and it is fantastic to be back… to wear the green and gold here.”

Richard Gasquet, the No. 16 seed from France, has enjoyed his experience in the Olympic Village, but insists now his focus is on tennis after he beat fellow Olympics debutant Robin Haase of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-3 in 67 minutes. “It’s a different atmosphere, we really liked [as] it was a great experience for us, but now we want to perform at Wimbledon,” said Gasquet.

Haase, who retained his bet-at-home Cup Kitzbühel title (d. Kohlschreiber) on Sunday, said, “I think I actually played really well, except for one game in the first set.”

Gasquet goes onto play Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis, who completed a rain-interrupted encounter – carried over from Sunday – against Japan’s Go Soeda 6-7(6), 7-6(5), 6-2 in two hours and 26 minutes.

Former World No. 1 Andy Roddick, who competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics, recorded a 7-5, 6-4 win over Slovakian Martin Klizan in one hour and 39 minutes to set-up a match against second-seeded Serbian and 2008 Beijing Olympics bronze medallist Novak Djokovic. “Tennis is only a small part of this event and I’m happy that I got asked to come,” said Roddick.

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