ATP Open Sud de France: Former champion Gael Monfils reaches second round
Former ATP Open Sud de France champion Gael Monfils was made to work hard for a three-set victory against Lukasz Kubot.
Last Updated: 05/02/14 10:46pm
The fifth seed saved six of the seven points break points he faced as he battled past his Polish opponent to come through 6-4 4-6 6-3 in Montpellier on Wednesday.
The right-hander, who is chasing his fifth ATP World Tour title and first since 2011, will next face Joao Sousa after the Portuguese player came back from a set down to beat Tobias Kamke 3-6 6-1 6-4.
Elsewhere, Nikolay Davydenko upset eighth seed Julien Benneteau 7-6 (6) 7-5 and seventh-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin beat Poland's Michal Przysiezny 7-6 (7-3) 6-3.
Sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen advanced over Aleksandr Nedovyesov when the Ukranian was forced to retire with a shoulder injury with the score locked at 4-6 6-2 4-4 while Germany's Dustin Brown overcame Teimuraz Gabashvili from Russia 4-6 6-1 7-6 (1).