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Dolgopolov powers past Gulbis

Alexandr Dolgopolov powered through his opening match against Ernests Gulbis at the Monte Carlo Rolex Masters on Sunday.

The 17th seed rolled over Gulbis 6-2 6-4 in 83 minutes at the clay-court Masters event, dropping only one service game and breaking the Latvian four times on his way to victory.

In other action, Jeremy Chardy came back from a set down to beat Igor Sijsling 1-6 6-2 7-6 (7-5) in a touch over two hours.

The Frenchman, who will next play sixth seed David Ferrer of Spain, said: "I was tense at the beginning of the match, although I've been here for a week already and I practised well and felt ready for the match.

"But even after losing the first set 6-1, I knew that I was physically fit and that I could hang in there and even come back in the match.

"At the start I wasn't feeling the ball very well, but I'm very happy with the state of mind I had throughout the match."

Meanwhile, Dmitry Tursunov recorded his first win at the Monte Carlo event after edging Robin Haase 6-1 5-7 6-3, which will see him face fifth seed Tomas Berdych in the second round.

In the final match of the day, Nicolas Mahut of France came from a set down to beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 4-6 6-3 6-2.