Tennis - Stepanek sets up Federer clash in Monaco

Radek Stepanek will face Roger Federer in the Monte-Carlo Masters second round after completing a 6-1 6-2 win over Ivo Karlovic in less than an hour.

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Czech Republic's Radek Stepanek returns the ball to Serbia's Dusan Lajovic during the Davis Cup final (Reuters)

Stepanek broke the big Croat's daunting serve four times with Karlovic throwing down only two aces.

Fabio Fognini came from a set and 5-2 down in completing a 5-7 7-5 6-4 win over Joao Sousa in two hours and 21 minutes.

"I don't know what happened to me. I was [up] 5-3 in the first set, then I was [down] 7-5, 2-0, then 5-2," he said.

"If you want to talk about my tennis, I'm not happy today. But, you know, on the other hand, I was I think a bit lucky. But happy to be in the second round again because this victory, it's really important for me."

Results from the Monte Carlo Masters Men's Singles Round 1 matches on Monday

11-Tommy Robredo (Spain) beat David Goffin (Belgium) 6-4 6-1

Roberto Bautista (Spain) beat Vasek Pospisil (Canada) 6-2 6-2

Pablo Andujar (Spain) beat Edouard Roger-Vasselin (France) 2-6 7-5 7-6(5)

Albert Ramos (Spain) beat Jarkko Nieminen (Finland) 6-2 7-5

10-Fabio Fognini (Italy) beat Joao Sousa (Portugal) 5-7 7-5 6-4

Albert Montanes (Spain) beat Benoit Paire (France) 7-5 4-6 6-2

Lukas Rosol (Czech Republic) beat Evgeny Donskoy (Russia) 7-5 6-1

Philipp Kohlschreiber (Germany) beat Simone Bolelli (Italy) 6-3 6-4

Radek Stepanek (Czech Republic) beat Ivo Karlovic (Croatia) 6-1 6-2

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