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Hot Gasquet advances in Rotterdam

1:50 PM, Feb 13, 2013   |    comments
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Rotterdam, The Netherlands (Sports Network) - Fresh off his title in France last week, French star Richard Gasquet was an opening-round winner Wednesday at the $1.7 million ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament.

The fourth-seeded world No. 10 Gasquet withstood 11 aces in defeating Serbian Viktor Troicki 7-6 (7-3), 6-1 on the indoor hardcourts at Ahoy Rotterdam.

The in-form Gasquet ran the table in Montpellier last week for his second title of 2013 -- with the other coming in Doha last month -- and improved his ATP-best match record to 15-1 this season.

Gasquet's second-round opponent will be dangerous Cypriot Marcos Baghdatis.

In some second-round action on Day 3, fifth-seeded Frenchman Gilles Simon subdued Italian qualifier Matteo Viola 6-3, 6-1 and France's Julien Benneteau dispatched Romanian Victor Hanescu 6-1, 6-3.

In other first-round play, German qualifier Matthias Bachinger upended sixth- seeded Italian Andreas Seppi 6-3, 6-4 and the former Australian Open runner-up Baghdatis got past Benoit Paire, 6-0, 6-7 (3-7), 4-0, as the Frenchman retired while trailing in the third set.

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