OPEN SUD DE FRANCE 2014
Mathieu Sets Gasquet Montpellier Clash
by ATP Staff|
Paul-Henri Mathieu set an all-French second-round clash with top seed and defending champion Richard Gasquet at the Open Sud de France on Monday in Montpellier. Mathieu has won two of his past three meetings with Gasquet, but trails their FedEx ATP Head2Head 2-4.
World No. 140 Mathieu won this ATP World Tour 250 indoor hard court tournament in 2002, when it was staged in Lyon, beating Gustavo Kuerten in the final. The 32 year old is playing his first ATP World Tour main draw since reaching the quarter-finals of the Swiss Indoors Basel as a qualifier in October 2013 (l. to del Potro).
Mathieu earned his place in the second round when Nicolas Mahut retired from their first-round clash suffering from flu. Mathieu had been leading 6-1, 3-0.
In doubles action, fourth seeds Ken Skupski and Neal Skupski battled past French duo Kenny De Schepper and Fabrice Martin 6-4, 3-6, 15-13 in 81 minutes. The British brothers are coming off a runner-up showing at the Heilbronn Challenger.
Qualifying action concluded on Monday, with Marc Gicquel, Albano Olivetti, Marsel Ilhan and Andres Artunedo Martinavarr earning main draw berths.