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Gasquet, Simon Advance But Tipsarevic Falls

Montpellier, France

Llodra© Open Sud de FranceMichael Llodra ousted second seed Janko Tipsarevic in the second round.

Third seed Richard Gasquet won a second-round clash between two former Open Sud de France champions on Thursday, topping compatriot Gael Monfils 6-3, 2-6, 6-3 in Montpellier.

The 10th-ranked Gasquet, who triumphed in 2006, prevailed in one hour and 45 minutes over Monfils, the 2010 titlist. Gasquet levelled his FedEx ATP Head2Head record against Monfils to a 4-4 mark. He meets sixth-seeded countryman Julien Benneteau next. Benneteau beat Victor Hanescu 6-4, 6-4.

Fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon reached the quarter-finals as he defeated Spanish qualifier Arnau Brugues-Davi 7-6(5), 6-2. Seeded fourth, Simon hit 12 aces and created 14 break points, converting three times to prevail in 90 minutes. The 28-year-old Simon is coming off a fourth-round showing at the Australian Open and improved to a 5-2 match record on the season. The Nice native is a three-time semi-finalist in Montpellier.

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World No. 9 Janko Tipsarevic suffered his second opening-round exit in as many event appearances, falling to France’s Michael Llodra 6-3, 7-6(4) in 84 minutes. Tipsarevic was also beaten in the first round on his event debut six years ago (l. to Ascione). 

The 32-year-old Llodra did not face a single break point and capitalised on one of his eight chances on Tipsarevic’s serve to record his second successive win over the Serbian. Llodra also won when they met at the Open 13 in Marseille last year.

Llodra goes onto face Czech Jan Hajek, who advanced when seventh seed Viktor Troicki was forced to retire with a right hamstring injury. World No. 97 Hajek had been leading 6-0, 4-2 and is through to his first ATP World Tour quarter-final since July 2012, when he went onto reach the semi-finals in Bastad (l. to Almagro).

Sergiy Stakhovsky also reached the last eight, edging Japan's Tatsuma Ito 6-7(4), 6-4, 7-6(3) in two hours and 20 minutes.

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