Ramos-Viñolas beats Donaldson, reaches Monte-Carlo Masters 2nd round
Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain in action against Jared Donaldson of the USA during their first round match at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France, Apr. 16, 2018. EPA-EFE/SEBASTIEN NOGIER
Jared Donaldson of the USA in action against Albert Ramos Vinolas of Spain during their first round match at the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters tournament in Roquebrune Cap Martin, France, Apr. 16, 2018. EPA-EFE/SEBASTIEN NOGIER
Monaco, Apr 16 (efe-epa).- Spain's Albert Ramos-Viñolas on Monday qualified for the second round of the Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters after defeating the United States' Jared Donaldson 6-3, 6-3.
A finalist at last year's Monte-Carlo Masters, the 15th seed needed an hour and 37 minutes to move one step closer to winning this year's title.
"I'm really happy to be back in Monaco to play in this fantastic tournament," the world No. 24 said.
"I have plenty of memories of last year. I'm pleased about the easy win today, because a first match is always a special moment," he added.
Ramos-Viñolas is the second Spaniard to advance to the round of 32, after Roberto Bautista won 6-4, 6-3 over Peter Gojowczyk of Germany earlier Monday.
In the upcoming round, Ramos-Viñolas is due to take on the winner of the match between the US's Tennys Sandgren and Philipp Kohlschreiber of Germany.