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Gasquet takes tight second-round win

Sept. 22, 2010 at 4:10 PM   |   Comments

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METZ, France, Sept. 22 (UPI) -- No. 4-seeded Richard Gasquet won a pair of tie-breakers in taking a three-set decision Wednesday at the Moselle Open tennis tournament in France.

Gasquet advanced to the tournament quarterfinals with a 4-6, 7-6 (7-5), 7-6 (7-3) victory over Paul-Henri Mathieu. Gasquet pounded 17 aces and lost only 25 points in his 17 service games but the match was in doubt until he won the last five points of the day.

Both players won 108 points overall and Mathieu suffered the rarity of dropping a match without losing serve. He saved the only break point he faced in the 2 1/2-hour match.

Seventh-seeded Tommy Robredo also won a second-round match, taking care of Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-2 behind a pair of service breaks in each set.

In first-round action Lukas Lacko stopped Arnaud Clement 6-4, 6-2; qualifier Igor Sijsling defeated Thierry Ascione 6-4, 6-4; and Kristof Vliegen outlasted Federico Del Bonis 6-2, 4-6, 6-3.

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