Monfils, Melzer win in Hamburg
Hamburg - Top-seeded Gael Monfils of France bounced back from a first-round loss last week in Stuttgart to beat Spanish qualifier Albert Ramos 6-4, 6-2 on Wednesday and advance to the third round of the German Open.
Monfils, who is ranked No 7 and who reached the quarter-finals of the French Open, saved all five break points he faced to ease past Ramos, who is in his first full season on the tour.
Second-seeded Jurgen Melzer of Austria, who was runner-up in Hamburg last year, advanced by beating Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Third-seeded Nicolas Almagro also went through, beating Lukas Rosol of the Czech Republic 6-4, 6-4. All 16 seeded players had first-round byes.
Not all made it through to the third round.
Juan Monaco of Argentina beat ninth-seeded Janko Tipsarevic of Serbia 6-2, 6-4 and Radek Stepanek of the Czech Republic ousted No 13 Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-1, 7-5.
Sixth-seeded Florian Mayer of Germany beat Turkish qualifier Marsel Ilhan 6-4, 7-6 (5) and No 8 Fernando Verdasco defeated fellow Spaniard Pablo Andujar 6-2, 6-3.
No 12 Marin Cilic of Croatia fired 16 aces in beating German qualifier Bastian Knittel 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4.
Results on Wednesday from the German Open on clay at the Rothenbaum Tennis Club (seedings in parentheses):
Radek Stepanek, Czech Republic, def. Andreas Seppi (13), Italy, 6-1, 7-5.
Marin Cilic (12), Croatia, def. Bastian Knittel, Germany, 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-4.
Juan Monaco, Argentina, def. Janko Tipsarevic (9), Serbia, 6-2, 6-4.
Jurgen Melzer (2), Austria, def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver, Spain, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1.
Florian Mayer (6), Germany, def. Marsel Ilhan, Turkey, 6-4, 7-6 (5).
Fernando Verdasco (8), Spain, def. Pablo Andujar, Spain, 6-2, 6-3.
Gael Monfils (1), France, def. Albert Ramos, Spain, 6-4, 6-2.
Nicolas Almagro (3), Spain, def. Lukas Rosol, Czech Republic, 6-4, 6-4.
Cedrik-Marcel Stebe, Germany, def. Nikolay Davydenko (11), Russia, 6-3, 7-6 (5).
Philipp Kohlschreiber, Germany, def. Albert Montanes (16), Spain, 6-1, 3-2, retired.
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