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Fognini Sets Monfils Clash In Nice

Nice, France

Mathieu© Yohan Brandt/Open de Nice Côte d'AzurPaul-Henri Mathieu beat Ryan Harrison on Tuesday.

Fabio Fognini and Gael Monfils will square off in the second round of the Open de Nice Côte d'Azur after both recorded three-set victories in the first round on Tuesday. It will be their third career meeting, with Fognini having won a memorable second-round clash at Roland Garros three years ago, 9-7 in the fifth set.

Fognini won his first match in four appearances in Nice. The sixth seed converted five of his 11 break point opportunities to beat fellow Italian and qualifier Marco Cecchinato, who was making his ATP World Tour debut, 1-6, 6-1, 6-2 in just over 90 minutes. 

French wild card Monfils came from a set down to beat Colombian Santiago Giraldo 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in just under two hours. The Parisian saved six of the eight break points he faced to claim his 12th tour-level win of the season. The 26-year-old Monfils has dropped to No. 109 in the Emirates ATP Rankings following injury problems, but enters Nice in form, having won the Bordeaux Challenger last week (d. Llodra).

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Sergiy Stakhovsky beat fellow qualifier Rogerio Dutra da Silva 6-2, 6-3 in 61 minutes and will next meet third seed Sam Querrey for the first time since June 2010 at Wimbledon. Stakhovksy reached the quarter-finals three years ago (l. to Verdasco).

Paul-Henri Mathieu broke an eight-match losing streak to record his first match win of 2013 with an 87-minute 6-4, 6-4 victory over lucky loser Ryan Harrison in 88 minutes.

French qualifier Guillaume Rufin rounded out the day’s action with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. World No. 102 Rufin recorded his fifth win of the season as he saved eight of the nine break points he faced to prevail in 75 minutes. He goes on to face second seed Gilles Simon for the second time. Simon leads their FedEx ATP Head2Head 1-0, having beaten Rufin last year in Montpellier.

Isner, SimonSimon, Isner Entertain At Local Landmark
Gilles Simon and John Isner took part in a Kids Clinic on the Promenade des Anglais. Simon will play Paolo Lorenzi or qualifier Guillaume Rufin in the second round and Isner will challenge Robin Haase.

Fourth Seeds Beaten In Opener
Johan Brunstrom and Raven Klaasen edged past fourth-seeded Italians Daniele Bracciali and Potito Starace 4-6, 7-5, 11-9 in just over 90 minutes. Top seeds Aisam-Ul-Haq Qureshi and Jean-Julien Rojer began their quest for the doubles title with a 6-3, 6-1 win over James Cerretani and Victor Hanescu in 52 minutes. Last year, Qureshi and Rojer reached the semi-finals.

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