Round 1 results from Monaco Masters.

Juan Carlos Ferrero safely negotiated an encounter with fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers to reach the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.

Ferrero, the ninth seed, romped to the first set without losing a game against qualifier Granollers, who improved in the second but nevertheless slumped to a 6-0 6-3 defeat in just 69 minutes.

With the top eight seeds handed byes to the second round, Ferrero, Tomas Berdych, David Ferrer and Juan Monaco were the headline names in action today.

Berdych, the 10th seed from the Czech Republic, beat Spain’s Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-1 while number 11 seed Ferrer of Spain defeated Peter Luczak of Australia 6-2 6-4.

Monaco, the 14th seed from Argentina, was a 7-5 7-5 winner over Jarkko Nieminen of Finland.

French wild card Richard Gasquet set up a second-round clash with Berdych after defeating Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2 4-6 6-2, while David Nalbandian of Argentina also progressed with a convincing 6-3 6-1 triumph over Andreas Beck of Germany.

Julien Benneteau of France set up a second-round encounter with sixth seed Fernando Verdasco courtesy of a battling 6-4 5-7 6-2 win over Oleksandr Dolgopolov of the Ukraine.

Ernests Gulbis of Latvia defeated Marco Chiudinelli of Switzerland 6-3 6-2, Spain’s Nicolas Almagro was a 3-6 7-5 6-2 victor over Simon Greul of Germany and Brazil’s Thomaz Bellucci lost in three sets at the hands of Germany’s Philipp Kohlschreiber, 2-6 6-3 7-6 (7/3).


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