• Wawrinka, Monfils open in Monte-Carlo

    4/15/13 6:49 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Wawrinka, Monfils open in Monte-Carlo Tournament seed Stanislas Wawrinka is set to begin his run at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters against Denis Istomin. The Swiss is joined in first-round play by wildcard Gael Monfils, who takes on qualifier Albert Montanes.

    (13) Stanislas Wawrinka vs. Denis Istomin

    World No. 17 Stanislas Wawrinka looks to break a 1-1 series tie against World No. 48 Denis Istomin. The two last met at the 2012 Masters 1000 Shanghai, where the Swiss held on to record a second-round victory in three sets. Tuesday marks their first contest on clay.

    Wawrinka is back on court after a semifinal finish in Casablanca. The 28-year-old won a pair of matches before falling to former World No. 5 Tommy Robredo. Wawrinka is a former semifinalist in Monte-Carlo, having reached the final four in 2009 (lost to Djokovic).

    Istomin returns to competition following a 1-1 singles split for Uzbekistan against Australia in Davis Cup. The 26-year-old is seeking his 15th main-draw victory of the season.

    (WC) Gael Monfils vs. (Q) Albert Montanes

    Former World No. 7 Gael Monfils trails qualifier Albert Montanes 1-2 in the head-to-head series. The players last met at the 2011 tournament in Valencia, where the Frenchman scored a round of 32 win in straight sets. The Spaniard leads 2-0 in clay-court matches contested.

    Monfils looks to regroup following a second-round defeat to eventual finalist Nicolas Almagro in Houston. the 26-year-old Frenchman is bidding for his 10th ATP World Tour victory of the season.

    Montanes will attempt to rebound after losing first-round matches in Dubai and Casablanca. The Spanish veteran is set to contest his 7th main-draw Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters, where he advanced to the final eight in 2010.

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