MONACO (AP) — Novak Djokovic began the defense of his Monte Carlo Masters title on Tuesday with a quick 6-1, 6-0 win over Albert Montanes in the second round, maintaining his perfect record against the Spaniard.
Djokovic needed only 45 minutes to beat Montanes, winning 11 consecutive games. The second-ranked Serb improved to 6-0 against Montanes, who has taken only one set off Djokovic.
Djokovic has won two Masters titles this year, beating Rafael Nadal in Key Biscayne and Roger Federer at Indian Wells.
Ninth-seeded Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France also advanced to the third round after beating Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany 6-4, 1-6, 6-4 in an error-strewn match.
After wasting two match points with sloppy forehands from the back of the court, Tsonga won when Kohlschreiber’s wild forehand went wide.
In the first round, 12th-seeded Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria beat Marcel Granollers of Spain 6-2, 4-6, 6-2, while 13th-seeded Mikhail Youzhny of Russia lost to Andreas Seppi of Italy 6-3, 7-6 (4) and No. 16 Jerzy Janowicz of Poland was beaten by Michael Llodra of France 6-4, 6-2.
Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia beat Gilles Simon of France 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 and will next play Nadal on Wednesday.