Gasquet Makes Winning Return To 's-Hertogenbosch
Chardy upsets top seed Mannarino
Second-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, competing at the Libema Open for the first time since his debut in 2008, knocked out Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-2, 6-2 on Thursday in 70 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.
“It’s always tough to win 6-2, 6-2,” said World No. 30 Gasquet. “I remember I lost on my birthday, 10 years ago here, against Marc Gicquel [in the second round]. The transition from clay to grass is definitely the toughest, and it gets tougher with age. I just need to play matches to get better."
Gasquet, who became the first player from his country to record 500 tour-level match wins in April, has won his two grass-court titles at 2005 and 2006 Nottingham. The 31-year-old will next challenge #NextGenATP Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, who saved a match point and came back to beat Malek Jaziri of Tunisia 4-6, 7-6(6), 6-2. Tsitsipas was serving down 5/6 in the second-set tie-break, but erased the match point with a clean forehand volley. He later broke twice in the decider, including in the first game.
France's Jeremy Chardy upset countryman and top seed Adrian Mannarino 6-4, 6-4, winning the second set after heavy rain suspended play for more than two hours. Mannarino, No. 25 in the ATP Rankings, was playing as a top seed for the first time. He reached the final of the grass-court Turkish Airlines Open Antalya last year (l. to Sugita). Chardy will next meet American wild card Mackenzie McDonald, who beat Aussie qualifier Alex Bolt 6-4, 7-5.