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Berdych eases to straight-sets victory... books Gasquet clash

Posted on April 12, 2010 at 1:55 PM







Excellent run

Tomas Berdych celebrates defeating Feliciano Lopez of Spain

at the Monte Carlo Country Club on April 12, 2010 in Monte Carlo, Monaco.






Richard Gasquet reached the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters with a hard-fought win over Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver.


The Frenchman, a former semi-finalist in the event who needed a wild card to make the main draw, came out on top 6-2 4-6 6-2 on Court Central.


The former world number seven had to overcome blustery conditions as well as his opponent, with Gimeno-Traver responding well after losing the first set.


However Gasquet came through strongly in the decider to win after two hours and seven minutes on court, improving his record in 2010 to 10-8.


Next up for the 23-year-old will by the in-form Tomas Berdych, who comfortably saw off the challenge of Spaniard Feliciano Lopez 6-3 6-1.


The 10th seed came into the clay-court tournament off the back of an excellent run in the Miami Masters, where he knocked out Roger Federer en route to the final before losing to home favourite Andy Roddick in straight sets.








Tomas signs autograph on the camera after his victory over Lopez


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