MONTE CARLO: Spaniard David Ferrer strolled into the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Frenchman Gilles Simon on Tuesday.

The results (first round): David Ferrer bt Gilles Simon 6-3, 6-1; Benjamin Becker bt Thomas Johansson 7-6(4), 6-2; Dominik Hrbaty bt Albert Portas 7-6(3), 7-5; Philipp Kohlschreiber bt Andrei Pavel 6-2, 5-7, 6-4; Nicolas Massu bt Filippo Volandri 4-6, 7-5, 6-3; Richard Gasquet bt Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-7(12), 7-6(3). Agencies

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