OPEN DE NICE COTE D'AZUR 2014
Tursunov, Mahut, Mathieu Advance In Nice
by ATP Staff|
World No. 32 Dmitry Tursunov made a strong start to his Open de Nice Côte d’Azur campaign on Monday as he dismissed Aleksandr Nedovyesov 6-1, 6-4 in 56 minutes.
The fifth-seeded Russian claimed his ninth win of the season as he converted all three of his break points and won 82 per cent of his first service points. The 31-year-old Tursunov is bidding to reach his first quarter-final since a run to the semi-finals in Sydney in January (l. to del Potro).
In a re-match of the 2013 Nice final, third seed Gael Monfils will face Albert Montanes in the second round. Montanes defeated Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-1, 6-3 in 73 minutes. The 33-year-old Spaniard won his sixth ATP World Tour title last year in Nice with victory over Monfils.
World No. 24 Monfils is set to play his first match since suffering an ankle injury against Grigor Dimitrov in the Bucharest semi-finals last month.
Sixth seed Nicolas Mahut notched his 10th clay-court triumph as he took down fellow Frenchman Martin Vaisse, a qualifier. The 32 year old served nine aces and saved six of seven break points over the 6-7(4), 6-3, 6-2 contest.
Qualifier Leonardo Mayer of Argentina, this year a finalist in Vina del Mar, scored a first-round victory over wild card Borna Coric 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, and will meet eighth seed Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the second round.
Wild card Paul-Henri Mathieu won an all-French battle 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 against qualifier Lucas Pouille in one hour and 37 minutes. Mathieu, a quarter-finalist last year, next plays seventh seed Federico Delbonis for a berth in the quarter-finals.
Croatian Mate Pavic and Brazil's Andre Sa defeated Philipp Marx and Florin Mergea 1-6, 6-3, 10-2 in the Nice first round. They await the winner of a match between third seeds Julien Benneteau and Vasselin and the team of Rameez Junaid and Michael Venus.