Big name duo Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer avoided banana skins in the Monte Carlo Masters by cruising into the third round.
Both men kick-started their campaigns with straight-set victories, after receiving byes into the second round.
Defending champion Novak Djokovic laid down the gauntlet yesterday with a 45-minute demolition over Albert Montanes.
However, Nadal, the man who is looking to win back his Monaco title after Djokovic broke his eight-year winning streak, responded in style.
The world no.1 had a difficult start against Teymuraz Gabashvili after being broken in his first service game, but he responded by coming back to win 6-4 6-1.
Gabashvili, the world no.58 from Russia, had another opportunity to break the Spaniard in the first set but he wasn’t able to overcome the ‘King of Clay’ who rallied back.
The second set was more comprehensive for Nadal, despite losing a break in serve again, as he booked a passage into round three.
It was always likely to be Nadal who would progress, only once in nine years has he lost in this competition. He is using the event as valuable preparation to go on and hopefully win a record ninth Grand Slam title at Roland Garros next month.
Italian Andreas Seppi is next in the firing line for the on-song Nadal.
Earlier, Federer had an even easier time against Radek Stepanek.
The 17-time and record winner of Grand Slam titles took less than an hour to dismiss his Czech Republic opponent 6-1 6-2.
There was nearly a first-set whitewash for the Swiss star as he found himself 5-0 up thanks to a couple of breaks in Stepanek’s serve.
The world no.4 was pushed a little harder by veteran now ranked 48th in the world, not nearly enough to make things worrying for the Swiss star, though, and it proved to be another easy win.
Federer was a late addition to the Masters draw and accepted a wildcard invitation to appear at the event that he has been absent from for the last two years.
He has never won here before, losing twice in finals to Nadal.
Round three pits Federer with Stepanek’s countryman Lukas Rosol. The omens are promising for the former world no.1; he has only one ATP title to his name in 2014 but he beat both Rosol and Stepanek in his successful run at Dubai and has the chance to do the same this time around.
Elsewhere today; David Ferrer, Tomas Berdych, Fabio Fognini and Australian Open champion Stanislas Wawrinka, all safely sailed into the next stage.
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