Excellent performance Nico!
From MC official site:
"Ecuadorian Nicolas Lapentti won the battle of former Top 10 players in the first match of the day on Court des Princes. The World No. 95 saved five of seven break point opportunities to defeat No. 72-ranked Mikhail Youzhny of Russia, a two-time ATP World Tour quarter-finalist in Rotterdam and Marseille, by a 6-3, 6-4 score-line in 85 minutes. Lapentti takes his place in the Monte-Carlo main draw for the eighth time in his career (2-7 record).
In the MD he will face Radek 'Sexy' Stepanek