Gael Monfils wins first match in Rogers Cup

By The Sports Xchange
Gael Monfils of France. Photo by David Silpa/UPI
Gael Monfils of France. Photo by David Silpa/UPI | License Photo

Tenth-seeded Gael Monfils cruised to a 6-3, 6-3 victory over Portugal's Joao Sousa in his opening-round match on Tuesday at the Rogers Cup in Toronto.

The Frenchman was impressive while following up his championship win on Sunday in the Citi Open at Washington, D.C.


Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic delivered a 6-1, 6-3 victory over 14th-seeded Benoit Paire of France. Thirteenth-seeded Lucas Pouille slipped past Ecuadorian qualifier Emilio Gomez 6-7 (8), 6-4, 7-5, while Italy's Fabio Fognini upset 15th-seeded American Steve Johnson 6-4, 6-4.

Second-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland and fifth-seeded Tomas Berdych of the Czech Republic won second-round matches Tuesday. Wawrinka squeaked past Mikhail Youzhny of Russia 7-6 (3), 7-6 (8), while Berdych defeated Borna Coric of Croatia 4-6, 6-1, 6-4.

In women's Rogers Cup play in Montreal, 15th-seeded Johanna Konta of Great Britain stayed hot, taking down American Shelby Rogers 6-4, 6-2 in first-round action. Konta earned her first career singles title Sunday when she beat Venus Williams in the Bank of the West Classic final at Stanford, Calif.


Third-seeded American Varvara Lepchenko and fifth-seeded Simona Halep became the first two women to advance to the third round. Lepchenko beat British qualifier Naomi Broady 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, and Halep rolled past Australia's Daria Gavrilova 6-2, 6-3.

Tenth-seeded American Madison Keys rolled to a 6-4, 6-0 victory over Russia's Elena Vesnina in first-round action. Czech Republic's Karolina Pliskova, seeded 14th, was a 3-6, 6-2, 7-5 winner over Ukraine's Kateryna Bondarenko. Sixteenth-seeded Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova of Russia defeated Kazakhstan's Yulia Putintseva 6-4, 1-6, 7-5.

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