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Gasquet Ousts Two-Time Acapulco Champion Moya

Acapulco, Mexico

Moya© MextenisTwo-time champion Carlos Moya falls at the first hurdle in Acapulco.

Frenchman Richard Gasquet rallied to defeat two-time former champion Carlos Moya of Spain 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 on Monday at the Abierto Mexicano Telcel, an ATP World Tour 500 tournament and the final stop of the Latin American “Golden Swing”.

Gasquet raced to a 4-0 lead in the decisive set, while dropping just three points on serve, to claim his first win in four meetings against the former World No. 1. He capitalised on all four of his break point chances in the final two sets.

“I am obviously disappointed,” said Moya. “I had the match on my racquet, I only needed to close it. I am very happy however with my game level for the first set and a half. Gasquet was able to take advantage of the few opportunities he had to turn the match around.”

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It marked Gasquet’s first win since January, when he reached his 12th ATP World Tour final at the Medibank International Sydney (l. to Baghdatis). He had followed with first-round losses at the Australian Open (l. to Youzhny) and at the Copa Telmex in Buenos Aires (l. to Chela).

The 33-year-old Moya, who played in just four tournaments last year due to injury, won the Acapulco title in 2002 (d. Meligeni) and ’04 (d. Verdasco), and also finished runner-up in ’07 (l. to Chela). He had never fallen in the first-round in his previous nine appearances at the clay-court tournament.

“I want to thank the tournament and the Mexican public for all their support throughout the years,” said Moya, who was honoured on court for his support of the tournament over the past decade. “The recognition I had on court today meant a lot. I love Acapulco and this event is extremely special to me.” 

Also Monday, Brazilian Thomaz Bellucci needed just 71 minutes to dismiss Spaniard Oscar Hernandez 6-3, 6-2. The World No. 32 won his first ATP World Tour title earlier this month at the Movistar Open in Santiago (d. Monaco), and also reached the clay-court quarter-finals at the Brasil Open (l. to Mello).

Meanwhile, Argentine qualifier Eduardo Schwank accounted for Mexican wild card Santiago Gonzalez 7-6(4), 7-6(4). Schwank, currently No. 81 in the South African Airways 2010 ATP Rankings, opened his 2010 campaign with a quarter-final effort in Santiago (l. to Bellucci).

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