Marseille, France (SportsNetwork.com) - Top seed Richard Gasquet and
reigning champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France secured berths in the
quarterfinals at the Open 13 indoor hardcourt tennis event.
Gasquet handled Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-3, 6-3, while the second-seeded Tsonga
held off former world No. 3 Russian Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (10-8) at
Palais des Sports.
Tsonga beat Czech Tomas Berdych in last year's marquee final to capture
a second title here in five years.
In opening-round action involving seeds, No. 7 Frenchman Julien Benneteau
dismissed Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung 6-1, 6-4 and No. 8 Nicolas Mahut beat
fellow Frenchman Kenny De Schepper 7-6 (7-2), 6-3. Benneteau was the runner-up
here in 2010.
Also in round one, German Jan-Lennard Struff overcame French qualifier David
Guez 3-6, 6-1, 6-1; Frenchman Michael Llodra, the 2010 champion and two-time
runner-up, topped Slovak Lukas Lacko 6-3, 7-6 (7-2); Spaniard Roberto
Bautista Agut edged out German Dustin Brown 7-5, 4-6, 6-3; and Lithuanian
qualifier Ricardas Berankis was leading Jan Hajek 6-5 in the first set when
the Czech retired on Day 3.
The second round will conclude Thursday in Marseille, including matches for
six seeded men, including Benneteau and Mahut.
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