Marseille, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Spaniard Roberto Bautista Agut and flashy French crowd favorite Gael Monfils were a pair of second-round winners Wednesday at the Open 13 tennis event.
The fourth-seeded Bautista Agut defeated Canadian Vasek Pospisil 7-5, 6-4 in the Day 3 nightcap, while the seventh-seeded former top-10 star Monfils mauled Russian Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3, 6-2 on the indoor surface at Marseille's Palais des Sports.
A pair of seeds notched first-round wins, as No. 5 Frenchman and 2007 champion Gilles Simon was leading compatriot Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-5, 2-0 when the qualifier Herbert retired and No. 6 Belgian David Goffin doused tall Pole Jerzy Janowicz 6-4, 6-2.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian Sergiy Stakhovsky outlasted German Jan-Lennard Struff 6-4, 4-6, 6-3 to land in the quarterfinals and Simone Bolelli cooled off hot 19-year-old fellow Italian Luca Vanni 6-4, 7-6 (7-4) to reach the second round. The teenager Vanni was a stunning finalist in Sao Paulo last week.
The second round will conclude on Thursday with five matches, including ones for top seeds Milos Raonic, last week's Rotterdam champion Stan Wawrinka and reigning Marseille titlist Ernests Gulbis. Raonic will take on Bolelli.
Gulbis bested then reigning champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France in last year's Open 13 final.
The 2015 Marseille champ will collect $117,000.