Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters II
PTA Masters 1000 - Monday (1st Round) - Monte Carlo, Monaco - Clay (Red)
- Play is finally underway after a long rain delay in the first clay Masters tournament of the year, and in an all-CWLand clash Spas Delev continued his fine form with a straight sets win over West CWLand rival Scotland Rivers. After breaking into the top fifty, Delev expected big results against a man who had little experience on the red clay. Early on he found trouble as he was forced to stave off two break points, but rallied well with some great defensive tennis before taking a 4-2 lead with a break of the Rivers serve. He held on to that to take the set 6-3, and serving first in the second set looked to press his dominance early. In a tense set, both men had troubles holding serve in an exchange of six breaks to be level at 5-5, but it was Delev who finally held his nerve to lead 6-5. Rivers gave him an opening with an unfortunate forehand which clipped the tape and went wide, and Delev converted his first match point to secure a 6-3, 7-5 win and a showdown with embattled fifth seed Radivoj Daneu.
- Martti Korpinen continues to qualify for Masters tournaments, but faced with an opportunity to advance to the second round he again faltered against Peruvian qualifier José Navarro. Navarro is at home on the red clay, but the faster court played havoc with him in the first set as he fell down a break. But Korpinen had his own troubles with the wind and with five double faults dropped the first set 4-6. That frayed his nerve, and Navarro made peace with the court as he lifted considerably in a dynamite second set to win 6-4, 6-1.
- The only seed to fall was thirteenth seed Patrick Pascaul who gave up a set-to-love lead to be beaten 2-6, 6-1, 6-3 by Germany's Becker Haas.
- Seeded players out: Patrick Pascaul.