PARIS (AP) — Gael Monfils advanced to the third round of the French Open by defeating Ernests Gulbis of Latvia 6-7 (5), 6-4, 7-6 (4), 6-2 Wednesday.

The Frenchman overcame Gulbis' powerful groundstrokes with his big strides and long slides.

A former top 10 player, Monfils missed the French Open last year because of a right knee injury. His best showing at Roland Garros was a semifinal finish in 2008.

The Frenchman warmed up for the tournament in Paris by reaching the final of the clay-court Nice Open on Saturday.

The last Frenchman to win at Roland Garros was Yannick Noah in 1983.