Rotterdam, The Netherlands (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed and reigning
champion Juan Martin del Potro defeated last week's Montpellier titlist Gael
Monfils in a marquee opening-round affair on Wednesday, and former Rotterdam
titlist Andy Murray landed in the round of 16 at the $1.85 million ABN
AMRO World Tennis Tournament.
The former U.S. Open champion del Potro handled the unseeded Frenchman
Monfils in 7-6 (8-6), 6-3 fashion on the indoor hardcourts at Ahoy Rotterdam.
Del Potro beat another Frenchman, Julien Benneteau, in last year's Rotterdam
finale and was the runner-up here in 2012.
Meanwhile, the second-seeded 2009 Rotterdam champ and reigning Wimbledon
titlist Murray mauled Frenchman Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 6-3.
Fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet snuck past Dutchman Thiemo de Bakker 6-7 (5-7),
7-6 (7-2), 6-3 and sixth-seeded German Tommy Haas overcame Spanish left-hander
Fernando Verdasco 6-7 (4-7), 7-6 (7-1), 7-5 to reach the second round. Gasquet
was last week's runner-up to his fellow Frenchman Monfils in Montpellier,
while Haas is fresh off his runner-up finish in Zagreb.
Also in the opening round, Austrian qualifier Dominic Thiem outlasted Finn
Jarkko Nieminen 6-4, 4-6, 6-4 and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut doused German Daniel
Brands 7-5, 6-3.
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