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Monfils takes first-round win at Open Sud de France

Feb. 5, 2014 at 5:24 PM
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MONTPELLIER, France, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- Two-time finalist Gael Monfils claimed a three-set win Wednesday that put him in the second round of the Open Sud de France.

The fifth-seeded Monfils won the tournament in 2010 and was the runner-up two years later. He took a step toward a third appearance in the finals with a 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 decision over Lukasz Kubot. There was one break in each set with Monfils getting his in the first and third sets.

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He lost just seven points on serve in the third set and didn't allow Kubot a break opportunity in that set.

No. 6-seeded Jarkko Nieminen advanced when Aleksandr Nedovyesov retired with a right shoulder injury. The match was tied 4-6, 6-2, 4-4 when play was stopped.

Seventh-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin topped Michal Przysiezny 7-6 (7-3), 6-3 but Nikolay Davydenko ousted No. 8-seeded Julien Benneteau 7-6 (8-6), 7-5.

Also, Dustin Brown defeated Teymuraz Gabashvili 4-6, 6-1, 7-6 (7-1) and Joao Sousa took out Tobias Kamke 3-6, 6-1, 6-4.

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