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Murray, Tsonga pick up wins in Monaco

April 17, 2012 at 2:30 PM   |   Comments

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ROQUEBRUNE-CAP-MARTIN, France, April 17 (UPI) -- Andy Murray and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga collected straight-set wins Tuesday in second-round action at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters tennis tournament.

Murray, seeded third, improved his career mark to 5-0 against Viktor Troicki with a 6-0, 6-3 victory. Murray lost only three points on serve -- one a double fault -- and nine overall in the first set and didn't face a break point.

The No. 4-seeded Tsonga marked his 27th birthday with a 6-2, 6-4 decision over Philipp Kohlschreiber. Tsonga fought off all six break points he faced on the day.

No. 13-seeded Fernando Verdasco got past Ivan Dodig 3-6, 6-3, 6-1 in the other second-round match Tuesday. Verdasco took 60 percent of the points in the final set.

Three seeded players were ousted in first-round matches. Stanislas Wawrinka stopped 10th-seeded Feliciano Lopez 6-1, 6-4 while qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin was a 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 winner over No. 14th-seeded Florian Mayer. Robin Haase advanced when 11th-seed Juan Monaco retired in the third set. Monaco, who won the U.S. Men's Clay Court Championship last week, was up 5-7, 6-0, 3-2 when he was unable to continue.

No. 12-seeded Kei Nishikori claimed a spot in the second round by beating Albert Ramos 6-2, 7-5.

Other first-round winners Tuesday were: Andreas Seppi, Fabio Fognini, Thomaz Bellucci, Marin Cilic, Frederico Gil, Potito Starace, Pablo Andujar and Filippo Volandri.

Seppi's win puts him into a second-round match against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

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