Nadal & Monaco Pass First Test In Paris
Rafael Nadal and Juan Monaco, who are competing together for the first time since July 2005 at Bastad (l. to Acasuso-Prieto in SFs), knocked out French wild cards Nicolas Mahut and Paul-Henri Mathieu with a 6-2, 6-4 win in 61 minutes. Nadal and Monaco won 35 of 46 service points and converted three of four break point opportunities.
The pair will next meet No. 3 seeds Mahesh Bhupathi and Mark Knowles, who became the 21st player in ATP history (since 1973) to win 50 career titles in a winning campaign with his Indian partner. Bhupathi and Knowles has already qualified for Tennis Masters Cup Shanghai in November.
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David Nalbandian, the defending singles champion, and his Argentine compatriot Lucas Arnold Ker overcame another French wild cards Josselin Ouanna and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga 6-2, 7-5 in 72 minutes. The pair has reached one ATP final at 2003 Buenos Aires (l. to Hood-Prieto) and has a 13-10 career record since making their team debut in 2002 on Davis Cup duty versus Russia.
Former champions Arnaud Clement and Michael Llodra defeated Robert Lindstedt and Robin Soderling 7-6(5), 5-7, 10-8 (Match TB) in one hour and 39 minutes for a place in the second round. The Frenchmen, who captured the 2006 title (d. Santoro-Zimonjic), have enjoyed success in 2008 by winning the Metz title (l. to Fyrstenberg-Matkowski) and reaching the Australian Open final (l. to Erlich-Ram).