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Former Finalist Gasquet Reaches QFs; Wawrinka Wins On Tournament Debut

Estoril, Portugal

Wawrinka© Lagos SportsStanislas Wawrinka is making his first appearance in Estoril.

Second seed Richard Gasquet made a winning start to his 2012 clay-court campaign with a comprehensive 6-1, 6-1 victory over Paolo Lorenzi of Italy on Wednesday at the Estoril Open.

Gasquet, who dropped 12 of his service points and hit three aces in the 67-minute encounter, is through to his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final of the season. The 25-year-old Frenchman finished runner-up to Novak Djokovic in 2007, his last appearance at the ATP World Tour 250 tournament. 

Third seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who is making his tournament debut, recorded his 10th win on clay courts this year (10-3 overall) by beating Spanish qualifier Ivan Navarro 7-6(5), 6-1 in 84 minutes.

Wawrinka won 68 per cent of his service points and hit six aces to reach his fifth ATP World Tour quarter-final (or better) in 2012. "I know I can win the title, but it is going to be very tough as there are plenty of good clay-courters at this tournament," said Wawrinka.

His best results - two semi-final exits - through the first four months of the season have come on red dirt at the Copa Claro in Buenos Aires (l. to Almagro) and the Abierto Mexicano Telcel in Acapulco (l. to Verdasco).

American Bobby Reynolds converted two of five break point opportunities to overcome World No. 233 Attila Balazs of Hungary 6-3, 6-4 in 78 minutes.

Play at the Estadio Nacional was set to begin at 11 a.m., but action did not begin until 1:14 p.m. on Centralito, the tournament's second show court. Rain clouds then threatened to suspend matches throughout the day.

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