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Gael Monfils wins first match in Rogers Cup

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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.

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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.

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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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