Kohlschreiber and Bolelli advance at Monte Carlo
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) - Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany and Simone Bolelli of Italy advanced to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.
Kohlschreiber beat Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-1, 6-3 to set up a second-round match against seventh-seeded Fernando Verdasco of Spain. Bolelli needed more than two hours to defeat big-serving Robin Soderling of Sweden 6-4, 1-6, 6-3.
Bolelli broke Soderling in the fourth game of the third set and then held for a 4-1 lead. He clinched the match with an ace on his second match point and next faces either ninth-seeded Gael Monfils of France or Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia.
Top-ranked Rafael Nadal will begin his quest for a fifth consecutive Monte Carlo title in the second round against either Igor Kunitsyn of Russia or Juan Ignacio Chela of Argentina.
The Spaniard has won the French Open and Monte Carlo every year since 2005 _ beating second-ranked Roger Federer in the last three finals at both events.
All the players ranked in the top 10 are taking part this year, except sixth-ranked Andy Roddick.
Federer accepted a last-minute wild card invitation Thursday. The 13-time Grand Slam champion married his longtime girlfriend Mirka Vavrinec in a small ceremony in his hometown of Basel on Saturday.
After struggling with his form last year and losing his No. 1 ranking to Nadal, Federer also lost to the Spaniard in this year's Australian Open final.