Julien Benneteau overcame Spanish qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 3-6, 6-1, 6-3.
Indian Wells, CA (SportsNetwork.com) -
Quality Frenchman Julien Benneteau posted a first-round victory Friday at the $4.72 million BNP Paribas Open, the first Masters 1000 event of the year.
The former top-30 performer overcame Spanish qualifier Daniel Munoz-De La Nava 3-6, 6-1, 6-3 at the beautiful Indian Wells Tennis Garden. Benneteau's second- round opponent will be ninth-seeded compatriot Frenchman Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Aussie Marinko Matosevic topped American and former NCAA singles champion Bradley Klahn 6-4, 6-4.