Gasquet Wins All-French Clash; Dimitrov Upsets Tipsarevic
by ATP Staff|
Seventh seed Richard Gasquet pulled through an all-French clash with Benoit Paire 6-1, 3-6, 6-1 on Tuesday to reach the third round of the Monte-Carlo Rolex Masters. The 26-year-old Gasquet converted five of his six break point chances to claim victory in 87 minutes.
"I tried to be more aggressive (in the third set), said Gasquet. "For sure he played better than me in the second set. I lost five games in a row. So it was difficult. Thanks to my experience, I was able to raise my level of tennis in the third set and I ended up winning."
Gasquet is coming off a semi-final showing at the Sony Open Tennis in Miami (l. to Murray) and has a 22-5 event record on the season, winning titles in Montpellier (d. Paire) and Doha (d. Davydenko). He was a semi-finalist at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament in 2005 (l. to Nadal).
World No. 34 Grigor Dimitrov is through to the third round on his main draw debut after upsetting eighth seed Janko Tipsarevic 7-6(3), 6-1. The Bulgarian rallied from down a break at 5-4 in the first set and finished strongly to close out victory in one hour and 34 minutes.
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"I was just trying to hang into the match. It's never easy playing against Janko. Today was one of these days I was really looking forward to coming out on court and actually having a lot of fun, just trying to play good tennis in a way. I fought till the last point in the first set. I gave an extra edge as the match went on. I was very happy with the performance today.".
Swiss No. 13 seed Stanislas Wawrinka opened his campaign with a 6-3, 7-5 victory over Denis Istomin in the first round. The 28-year-old Wawrinka was a semi-finalist at the Monte-Carlo Country Club in 2009 (l. to Djokovic) and goes on to face either French wild card Gael Monfils or qualifier Albert Montanes.
Eight-time champion Rafael Nadal will open his title defence against Australian Marinko Matosevic, who ousted 2010 runner-up Fernando Verdasco 7-5, 6-3 in just under two hours. The No. 54-ranked Matosevic will attempt to halt Nadal’s 42-match winning streak at this ATP World Tour Masters 1000 clay-court tournament.
Seventh seed Richard Gasquet, fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro and sixth seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are all in second-round action later.