Janko Tipsarevic and Nicolay Davydenko were the biggest names to fall in the second round of the ATP Monte Carlo.

The most entertaining match of the round was contested between Grigor Dimitrov from Bulgaria and former World. No 8 Janko Tipsarevic from Serbia. 

Tipsarevic played one of his better games this year but still lost 7-6 6-1. The shots played by the Bulgarian were an echo of his former, top-10 self. 

In addition, late in the second set, Dimitrov pulled off a contender for the shot of the tournament. He threw himself at the baseline making an extraordinary drop shot on his backhand side. 

The face expression of Tipsarevic after losing that point was priceless. He knew that whatever he tried to do, he would lose, the youngster from Bulgaria was just too good.

Other than the slip up from Tipsarevic there were no major upsets to speak of. The very charismatic Frenchman Gael Monfils went down in favour of Spaniard Albert Montanes in three tight sets.

Two other local favourites, Jo-Wilfred Tsonga and Richard Gasquet, made it to the second round in front of a pleased crowd. 

Tsonga played a very entertaining game versus Russian Nicolay Davydenko which saw Tosonga win 7-6, 6-2.

Gasquet needed three sets to show fellow countrymen Benoit Paire the exit.

After receiving byes for the first round Andy Murray, Novak Djokovic and Rafael Nadal will play today.

Murray faces Edouard Roger-Vasselin and will be looking to repeat his antics against the Frenchman after he beat him emphatically in the second round of the 2012 Australian Open.


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