MONTE-CARLO ROLEX MASTERS 2014
Dolgopolov Makes Strong Start
by ATP Staff|
Alexandr Dolgopolov made a strong start to his Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters campaign on Sunday, dismissing Ernests Gulbis 6-2, 6-4. The 17th-seeded Ukrainian advanced in 82 minutes, converting four of his 11 break points in the pair’s second meeting. He levelled their FedEx ATP Head2Head series at 1-1.
The 25-year-old Dolgopolov is on the verge of returning to the Top 20 of the Emirates ATP Rankings after compiling a 19-9 mark at the start of the season. The right-hander was runner-up in Rio de Janeiro (l. to Nadal) and knocked out Rafael Nadal en route to the semi-finals in Indian Wells (l. to Federer), which he backed up with a quarter-final showing in Miami (l. to Berdych).
France’s Jeremy Chardy won a main draw match at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament at the fifth time of asking as he battled past Igor Sijsling 1-6, 6-2, 7-6(5) in just over two hours. He goes on to face sixth seed David Ferrer.
"I was tense at the beginning of the match, although I've been here for a week already and I practised well and felt ready for the match," said Chardy. "But even after losing the first set 6-1, I knew that I was physically fit and that I could hang in there and even come back in the match. At the start I wasn't feeling the ball very well, but I'm very happy with the state of mind I had throughout the match."
Dmitry Tursunov also recorded his first win at the Monte-Carlo Country Club. Having previously fallen in the first round three times, the Russian edged Robin Haase 6-1, 5-7, 6-3 in one hour and 48 minutes. He earned a clash with fifth seed Tomas Berdych.