18-year-old wins in straight sets

Updated: January 31, 2005, 7:20 PM ET
Associated Press

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.

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