Frenchmen Simon and Chardy reach 2nd round at Monte Carlo

Gilles Simon saved six of seven break points to advance to the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters on Sunday.

The 15th-seeded Frenchman beat Viktor Troicki 6-3, 6-4, improving his career record against the Serb to 6-0.

Simon next plays Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria or Filip Krajinovic of Serbia.

Jeremy Chardy of France had eight aces against Russian Andrey Kuznetsov, winning 7-6 (3), 7-5 in a topsy-turvy encounter featuring nine breaks of serve.

Top-ranked Novak Djokovic, a two-time winner here, begins his title defense against either Czech Jiri Vesely or Russian Teymuraz Gabashvili.

The Serb, who has a first-round bye, is in the same half of the draw as third-seeded Roger Federer.