Montanes, Tursunov advance at Open de Nice

Albert Montanes, of Spain, returns the ball to Grigor Dimitrov, of Bulgaria during the Sony Open tennis tournament, Friday, March 21, 2014, in Key Biscayne, Fla. (AP Photo/Luis M. Alvarez)

NICE, France (AP) -- Defending champion Albert Montanes of Spain and fifth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia both won in straight sets Monday to move into the second round of the Open de Nice.

Montanes beat Matthew Ebden of Australia 6-1, 6-3, while Tursunov defeated Aleksandr Nedovyesov of Kazakhstan 6-1, 6-4.

Montanes took a 4-0 lead in the opening set and saved the two break points he faced in the second set. Ebden had seven double-faults.

Tursunov did not face a break point while Nedovyesov dropped serve three times.

Argentine qualifier Leonardo Mayer and Frenchmen Nicolas Mahut and Paul-Henri Mathieu also won their first-round matches.

Mayer rallied past Croatian wild-card entry Borna Coric 4-6, 6-3, 6-4, while the sixth-seeded Mahut overcame French qualifier Martin Vaisse 6-7 (4), 6-3, 6-2.

Mathieu won the last nine games in his 2-6, 6-4, 6-0 win over compatriot Lucas Pouille.