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Murray to face Nadal in Monte Carlo doubles

By Robert Jones

Andy Murray will come up against a familiar face after the Scot and Davis Cup team-mate Dominic Inglot reached the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters men's doubles with a straight sets win over Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas and Spain's Marcel Granollers.

The British pair won 6-3 6-4 with a controlled display which saw them dominate the first set before having to battle hard for victory in the second.

They will now face Spanish wild card pairing Rafael Nadal and Fernando Verdasco, who beat Germany's Philipp Kohlschreiber and Serbia's Viktor Troicki 6-4 6-2, in the second round.

The opening set against Cuevas and Granollers went with serve until game eight when the British pair broke before successfully serving out to take it 6-3.

Breaks of serve were traded in games five and six of the second set before Murray and Inglot broke again in game nine and went on to secure a 6-3 6-4 victory.

Britain's Aljaz Bedene, meanwhile, recorded his first ATP Tour win over Lukas Rosol with a straight-sets victory in the first round of the singles to set up a meeting with Nadal.

Bedene triumphed in just over an hour with a 6-2 6-3 victory which owed much to his serving prowess as he sent down eight aces compared to none from his Czech opponent.

Slovenian-born Bedene, who recently lost his bid to play Davis Cup tennis for Great Britain, will next play fifth seed Nadal, who was handed a bye in the first round.

Bedene could have closed out the clash earlier but it took him five match points to finally see off an opponent one place below him in the world rankings in 61st.

Ninth seed Richard Gasquet eased through to the second round by beating Nicolas Almagro.

The Frenchman, a two-time former Wimbledon semi-finalist, comfortably saw off the Spaniard 6-4 6-0.

It was a good day for the French with Gael Monfils, seeded 13, sweeping aside Gilles Muller of Luxembourg 7-5 6-0 and 16th seed Benoit Paire saving a match point as he battled past Spanish ace Inigo Cervantes 4-6 6-2 7-6 (8-6).

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