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  • San Jose - Verdasco, Monfils ease into round of 16

    2/10/11 7:32 PM | Kelli DeMario
    San Jose - Verdasco, Monfils ease into round of 16 Defending champion Fernando Verdasco made a successful start to his title defense, having downed wildcard Rajeev Ram in straight sets. Gael Monfils also advanced following his routine win over wildcard Bradley Klahn.

    (1) Fernando Verdasco def. (WC) Rajeev Ram 6-3, 6-2

    World No. 9 Fernando Verdasco needed just 61 minutes to secure an opening-round victory on Wednesday. The defending champion, who tallied 8 aces during the match, held nine straight service games without facing a break point. After missing break chances early, Verdasco secured a service break at 3-2 in the opening set. The Spaniard continued his effort, as he built a double break edge to 4-1. Verdasco completed the match with a mere 7 points lost on serve.

    He faces Ivo Karlovic for a place in the quarterfinal. Karlovic won his opener against American Ryan Sweeting, 6-4, 6-4.

    (2) Gael Monfils def. (WC) Bradley Klahn 6-3, 6-2

    Second seed Gael Monfils came through his first-round match in 62 minutes late Wednesday. The Frenchman collected 10 aces and three service breaks en route to a 6-3, 6-2 win. A well-timed forehand gave Monfils a break at 2-1 in the first set. The 24-year-old cruised through the set, striking an ace to close at 5-3. The World No. 12 had no difficulty in set two, as he took a 4-0, double-break advantage in short order.

    Monfils is next to meet Robert Kendrick in the round of 16. The American held on to defeat Russian Igor Kunitsyn in the first round, 7-5, 3-6, 6-4.

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