THAILAND OPEN 2013
Simon Notches 300th Win; Gasquet Opens Bangkok Defence
by ATP Staff|
Simon, 28, is looking to win the Bangkok title for the second time, having previously triumphed in 2009 (d. Troicki). He finished runner-up last year to Richard Gasquet.
The defending champion opened with a 6-3, 6-2 win over Slovakian Lukas Lacko. Gasquet, the No. 2 seed this week, saved all four break points faced and capitalised on three of his 12 opportunities to improve to a 40-15 season record.
Gasquet is making his first appearance since reaching the US Open semi-finals. He is currently in the hunt for a Barclays ATP World Tour Finals berth, standing in the ninth position in the Emirates ATP Race To London.
He next looks to draw even in his FedEx ATP Head2Head series against Mikhail Youzhny, who nudged ahead 5-4 with victory in the Halle semi-finals this past June.
The fifth-seeded Youzhny reached his fifth tour-level quarter-final of the season as he defeated Denis Istomin 6-3, 6-3 in 79 minutes. The Russian won 75 per cent of his service points and converted three of 13 break points. The US Open quarter-finalist is bidding to win his second ATP World Tour title of the season after victory at the Crédit Agricole Suisse Open Gstaad (d. Haase).
The Canadian fired 21 aces and was denied on 15 of 16 break points as he battled to defeat Matosevic in two hours and 39 minutes. Raonic begins the ATP World Tour Asian swing at 11th in the Emirates ATP Race To London. He is hoping to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time.
Yen-Hsun Lu built on his ATP Challenger Tour success of last week by reaching the Bangkok quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-2 upset win over eighth seed Lukas Rosol. Lu saved all four break points he faced to advance in 58 minutes.
Bracciali/Paes Battle Into SFs
Second seeds Daniele Bracciali and Leander Paes continued their push for the Bangkok doubles title as they prevailed against Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah 6-7(4), 7-6(8), 10-8 after more than two hours. They will face third seeds Jamie Murray and John Peers for a place in the final. The British-Australian duo advanced with a 7-6(7), 7-5 win over wild cards Yen-Hsun Lu and Danai Udomchoke.