Gael Monfils will face the challenge of Pablo Andujar today in round two of the Valencia Open 500
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Gael Monfils got off to a flying start this week at the Valencia Open 500, thrashing Albert Montanes 6-3, 6-1 in just over an hour. The Frenchman could have been in for a tough contest against the experienced Montanes, but he broke the Spaniard four times, and saved the only break point played on his serve.
Monfils will continue his title charge with a second round matchup against Pablo Andujar of Spain. Andujar also finished his first round clash in straight sets, as he denied a fightback from Juan Ignacio Chela to clinch a 6-0, 7-6(7) victory.
The world No. 10 will know that Andujar is no pushover. The last matchup between the pairing went into three sets, with Monfils escaping with a 6-4, 5-7, 6-4 success. That was on the clay of Stuttgart though, and Monfils should find things easier against Andujar on the hard courts here in Valencia.
It would be a surprise to see Monfils falter today, but this could be a close fought contest if Andujar rises to the occasion.
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