With an eye toward winning the French Ope, Novak Djokovic opens his 2015 clay season Tuesday in Monte Carlo. The World No. 1, who has won his last 16 Masters 1000 matches, will take on qualifier Alberto Ramos-Vinolas in the second round at the tournament he won in 2013.
Also in action are French favorites Gael Monfils and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. David Ferrer is also on court along with US Open champion Marin Cilic.
Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal are expected in second round play on Wednesday.
Earlier Monday, Ernests Gulbis continued his spiral. The 2014 French Open semifinalist managed just one game in a 6-1, 6-0 loss to Andreas Haider-Maurer in the first round.
The 17th-ranked Gulbis is now just 1-8 on the year. Since beating Federer and Tomas Berdych back-to-back in Paris, Gulbis has just three wins over Top 50 players, none since beating No. 49 Seppi last fall in Moscow.
He comes to Monte Carlo working with new coach Tomas Enqvist.
“In practice I played very well,” the 26-year-old Gulbis said. “I’m lacking confidence now on the court for the match. I was in a great state of mind this week practising. Every change is a good change. With Thomas, it was a really positive environment on the court. He gave me a boost. He pushed me. Everything was really good, except the match. This past hour was bad in Monte Carlo. All the rest of the week was really unbelievable.”
Roberto Bautista Agut, Fabio Fognini, John Isner and Alexandr Dolgopolov who beat Borna Coric were among the Monday winners and the first Masters clay event of the year.
MONTE CARLO TUESDAY SCHEDULE
COURT CENTRAL start 10:30 am
 [WC] G. Monfils (FRA) vs [Q] A. Kuznetsov (RUS)
 J. Tsonga (FRA) vs [LL] J. Struff (GER)
 N. Djokovic (SRB) vs [Q] A. Ramos-Vinolas (ESP)
V. Estrella Burgos (DOM) vs  D. Ferrer (ESP)
COURT DES PRINCES start 10:30 am
D. Thiem (AUT) vs [WC] L. Pouille (FRA)
 T. Robredo (ESP) vs A. Seppi (ITA)
F. Verdasco (ESP) vs  G. Dimitrov (BUL)
[PR] F. Mayer (GER) vs  M. Cilic (CRO)
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