MONTREAL (AP) -- Gael Monfils downed Italy's Fabio Fognini in straight sets 6-3, 6-1 on Monday as French players made a strong start to the Rogers Cup men's tournament.
Monfils broke Fognini's serve four times in their first round match and finished with seven aces to Fognini's three.
France's Gilles Simon was also in form, defeating Italy's Andreas Seppi in straight sets 6-2, 6-4.
Spain's Tommy Robredo needed three sets to top countryman Feliciano Lopez 6-3, 3-6, 6-3. Robredo will face third-ranked Andy Murray in the second round.
Also, America's Sam Querrey got past Martin Klizan of Slovakia 6-3, 6-3.