No. 9 Gasquet puts ranking on line at French tournament

Feb. 3, 2014 at 8:21 AM
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LONDON, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet, the only Top 10 player scheduled to play this week, looks to defend his title at the ATP's tournament in France.

The ATP 2014 schedule resumes Monday with three tournaments. There were no events last week as the tour took the week off to get in the first round of the Davis Cup.

Top-tier players Stanislas Wawrinka, Andy Murray, Tomas Berdych, Roger Federer, Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga helped their countries' teams advance to the Davis Cup quarterfinals.

World No. 1 Rafael Nadal and fifth-ranked David Ferrer skipped the event for Spain. Second-ranked Novak Djokovic didn't play for Serbia and Juan Martin del Potro wasn't on hand for Argentina. Those countries all lost in the first round.

The Davis Cup quarterfinals are scheduled for April 4-6, with Berdych's two-time defending champion Czech Republic team taking on Japan, Gasquet and Tsonga leading France against Germany, Murray and Great Britain playing Italy and Wawrinka and Federer's Swiss team going against Kazakhstan.

There were no changes in the ATP Top 10 this week.

In the three events opening Monday, Gasquet leads the field at the Open Sud de France, No. 12-ranked Tommy Haas is the top seed at the PBZ Zagreb Indoors in Croatia where Marin Cilic is the defending champion and 15th-ranked Fabio Fognini is the highest ranked player at the Royal Guard Open Chile.

The tournament in Chile is where Nadal made his 2013 debut, advancing to the finals before losing to Horacio Zeballos. It was one of only eight losses for Nadal since then with five of those, including the 2014 Australian Open, coming in tournament finals.

The ATP Top 10 listing player's name, home country and rankings points total:

1. Rafael Nadal, Spain, 14,330

2. Novak Djokovic, Serbia, 10,580

3. Stanislas Wawrinka, Switzerland 5,710

4. Juan Martin del Potro, Argentina, 5,370

5. David Ferrer, Spain, 5,280

6. Andy Murray, Great Britain, 4,795

7. Tomas Berdych, Czech Republic, 4,540

8. Roger Federer, Switzerland, 4,355

9. Richard Gasquet, France, 3,050

10. Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, France, 2,885

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