Top seeded Richard Gasquet defeated French compatriot Stephane Robert in straight sets 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour’s Winston-Salem Open on Wednesday.
Gasquet saved seven of eight break points and broke the unseeded Robert’s serve five times in the hardcourt tournament in North Carolina.
“I’ve known Stephane for a long time now, so I know how dangerous he can be,” Gasquet said.
“He likes to play close to the baseline. We’ve practised together often, so I know his game and he knows mine. I didn’t make many mistakes today, and that was the difference.”
Gasquet will next face Australia’s John Millman, who came from behind to win 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 against wild card Bjorn Fratangelo.
Taiwan’s Lu Yen-Hsun advanced to his fourth straight Winston-Salem quarter-final with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman.
“Fortunately I played really well on game points and on break points,” Lu said. “My serve was there when I needed it, and that helped me a lot today.”
Next up for Lu will be number two seed Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, who defeated Cyprus’ Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-3, 6-1.
Fifteenth-seeded Fernando Verdasco fired 10 aces as he rolled over fourth seeded American Steve Johnson of the Unites States 6-4, 7-6 (7).
In the quarter-finals, Verdasco will face Serbia’s Viktor Troicki, who toppled American Sam Querrey 6-2, 7-6 (5).
Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia advanced when Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic retired at 5-5 in the first set.
LEAVE A COMMENT Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked*
McKeown crowned backstroke queen as Russia, GB grab gold
Duffy celebrates ‘cool moment’ after making history
It’s a ‘cool feeling’, says record-breaking Olympian Werth
Australia, Germany and Belgium light up men’s section
Australian bowlers shine in ODI series win over Windies
Al Duhail sign defender Alderweireld from Spurs
Majoie Des Forges gets job done on debut
Preparations for semi-final on track, says Hassan
Exciting field set for a vintage renewal of Qatar International Stakes