David Goffin

Paris, April 17 (IANS) Tenth-seeded David Goffin of Belgium secured a second-round berth after overcoming compatriot Steve Darcis 6-2, 6-1 at the ATP Monte-Carlo tennis Masters.

Goffin showed his dominance throughout the first-round match which only lasted 72 minutes and 30 unforced errors were much to blame for Darcis’ lopsided loss on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.

Trailing 1-5 in the first set, Darcis managed to save two set points, before Goffin held his serve in the eighth game to build a solid start.

He went on to take all three games early in the second. A furious Darcis threw his racket onto the ground. Goffin conceded only one game to make it into the last 32.

“I played well from the start and was solid in long rallies. It’s never easy to take on a friend. I’m very satisfied with my performance,” said Goffin, who awaits Nicolas Almagro or a qualifier in the second round.

After beating Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 6-2, 6-2, French player Gilles Simon also booked a second-round encounter with second seed Novak Djokovic, who enjoyed a first-round bye.

Joao Sousa of Portugal eased past German player Florian Mayer 6-3, 6-2.

Third-seeded Stan Wawrinka made good preparation for his singles appearance in the tournament as he and Italian partner Fabio Fognini eliminated Max Mirnyi and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the doubles first round.

The ATP Monte-Carlo Masters will run until April 23, with Roger Federer and Kei Nishikori absent from the tournament.

  • SHARE
    The IANS was founded by Indian American publisher Gopal Raju as the India Abroad News Service. It was later renamed the Indo-Asian News Service.

    Related Posts

    India Rout Pakistan 4-0 To Enter Asia Cup Hockey Final

    Dhaka, Oct 21 (IANS) India entered the final of the Asia Cup hockey championship after a thumping 4-0 win over arch-foes Pakistan in their final...

    Marquez Takes Pole For Australian Moto GP

    Phillip Island (Australia), Oct 21 (IANS) Repsol Honda's Spanish rider Marc Marquez is set to take the pole position in the upcoming MotoGP Australian Motorcycle...

    Lucky To Have Zlatan, Lukaku: Smalling

    Manchester, Oct 21 (IANS) Manchester United defender Chris Smalling said on Saturday his club is lucky to have the presence of strikers Zlatan Ibrahimovic and...

    PK Banerjee Lambasts FIFA LOC For Poor Treatment To Former Greats

    Kolkata, Oct 21 (IANS) Indian football legend P.K. Banerjee on Saturday lashed out at the FIFA Local Organising Committee (LOC) for not felicitating many top...
    Sri Lanka, Interim Coach, Nic Pothas, Physio, Nirmalan Dhanabalasingham, Nic Lee, Asanka Gurusinha, Sri Lanka Cricket Manager,

    Sri Lanka Interim Coach Nic Pothas alongside Physio Pulls Out of Lahore T20I

    At least seven Sri Lankan players have shown a cold shoulder to play in Pakistan in the final Twenty20 fixture which has been scheduled...