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18-year-old wins in straight sets

1/31/2005

MILAN, Italy -- Wild-card entry Gael Monfils beat fellow
Frenchman Julien Benneteau in straight sets Monday to open the
Milan Indoors tournament.

Monfils, an 18-year-old who won three of the four junior majors
last season, won 6-3, 6-3 at Milan's Palalido sports palace. In
another match, seventh-seeded Karol Beck of Slovakia defeated
Victor Hanescu of Romania 6-4, 6-4.

Second-seeded Ivan Ljubicic of Croatia downed Sweden's Thomas
Enqvist 7-5, 6-3 in a later match. After tying the first set at
5-5, Enqvist lost five straight games as Ljubicic took control.