Tennis: Grigor Dimitrov's good form continues but French players fall in Paris Masters

Grigor Dimitrov (above) of Bulgaria stretches to return the ball to Michael Llodra of France in their opening round match at the Bercy Tennis Open in Paris, Oct 29, 2013. Dimitrov continued his rich vein of form as he marched into the second rou
Grigor Dimitrov (above) of Bulgaria stretches to return the ball to Michael Llodra of France in their opening round match at the Bercy Tennis Open in Paris, Oct 29, 2013. Dimitrov continued his rich vein of form as he marched into the second round of the Paris Masters with a three-set win over Frenchman Michael Llodra. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

PARIS (AFP) - Bulgaria's Grigor Dimitrov continued his rich vein of form as he marched into the second round of the Paris Masters with a three-set win over Frenchman Michael Llodra.

The 22-year-old lost the opening set in a tie-break before taking control and setting up a meeting against Italian 16th seed Fabio Fognini with a 6-7 (5-7), 6-3, 6-3 victory.

Dimitrov picked up his first ATP win last weekend when he triumphed in Stockholm and continues to impress since taking on Leyton Hewitt's former coach Roger Rasheed.

His win in Sweden was the first for a Bulgarian in the Open era.

Llodra, meanwhile, became the fifth Frenchman to be eliminated in two days of action.

There was more bad news for French fans when two-time finalist Gael Monfils pulled out on the eve of his first-round match against Vasek Pospisil.

World No. 2 Novak Djokovic makes his bow in the final match of the evening today when he takes on French qualifier Pierre-Hugues Herbert.