Granollers/Robredo, Stakhovsky/Youzhny progress into the second round at the Monte-Carlo Masters

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Granollers/Robredo, Stakhovsky/Youzhny progress into the second round at the Monte-Carlo Masters
Spaniard pair of Marcel Granollers and Tommy Robredo defeated their compatriots Feliciano Lopez and Fernando Verdasco in a tough competition at the Monte Carlo Country Club in Roquebrune-Cap-Martin, France. The contest, which lasted
an hour and twenty seven minutes, observed the winning momentum oscillating between both the teams until singles world number 29 Robredo and singles world number 50 Granollers finally concluded the match with a 2-6, 7-6(2), 11-9 score.
Granollers and Robredo were perfect in their co-ordination throughout the match as they hammered three aces and a single double fault. They earned an amazing conversion rate of 71 percent on their first serves and 58 percent on
their second serves. Lopez and Verdasco on the other hand were best at saving their breakpoint opportunities, they save 86 percent a lot higher than their opponents meagre 25 percent. Service and return games played by both the teams were equal, but the Granollers/Robredo
duo clinched 5 percent points more than their opponents in total and took the match in three sets.
Granollers and Robredo will next face the French Serbian duo of Michael Llodra and Nenad Zimonjic. The pair is seeded seventh and received a bye into the second round.
Another match was witnessed during the day, where the wildcard pair of Monacan Guillaume Couillard and Jean-Rene Lisnard got defeated by the Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky and Russian Mikhail Youzhny
Couillard and Lisnard had almost the same conversion rate as compared to their opponents but they committed four double faults and missed five breakpoint opportunities to their disadvantage. The Ukrainian Russian pair on the other
side had a better winning percentage in almost all areas of the game and broke the Monacans serves twice to win 7-6(1), 6-4 .
The winning pair hammered a single ace and three double faults during the course of match. They converted 65 percent points on their first serves and 47 percent of points on their second serves. Couillard and Lisnard on the other
hand managed a winning percentage of 60 percent on first serves and 38 percent on second serves.
The Monacans lacked co-ordination and didn’t play well enough to overcome their opponents. This is their second immediate departure since the last noticed at the 2011 DEN vs. MON EAGIL 1st RD, Denmark.
Jurgen Melzer of Austria and Philipp Petzschner of Germany await Stakhovsky and Youzhny in the next round, due to be played on Tuesday. Melzer and Petzschner are seeded third at the tournament.



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