Granollers beats Matosevic in 1st round of Barcelona Open

April 20, 2015

BARCELONA, Spain (AP) Marc Granollers of Spain eased past Marinko Matosevic of Bosnia 6-2, 6-3 in the first round of the Barcelona Open on Monday.

Granollers will play sixth-seeded Jo-Wilfred Tsonga in the next round, and said he would need to play ''his best version to stand a chance'' against the Frenchman.

In a late match, Teymuraz Gabashvili of Russia made fewer errors throughout to beat Pablo Carreno Busta of Spain 7-5, 6-4, clinching the win with a powerful forehand passing shot.

Gabashvili takes on defending champion and top-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan in the second round.

Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal will play either Paolo Lorenzi of Italy or countryman Nicolas Almagro on Wednesday.

Pablo Andujar of Spain and France's Benoit Paire were among other first-round winners on Monday.

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