Gasquet wins Open 13 opener

Published February 21, 2012

| Sports Network

French crowd favorite Richard Gasquet round winner Tuesday at the Open 13 tennis event.

The fifth-seeded Gasquet rolled past Japan's Go Soeda 6-0, 6-2 in 63 minutes on the indoor hardcourts at Palais des Sports.

Meanwhile, former world No. 3 Nikolay Davydenko handled German Andreas Beck 6-1, 7-5 and Frenchman Nicolas Mahut topped wild card and fellow countryman Arnaud Clement 6-3, 6-4. The former Australian Open runner-up Clement captured this event in 2006 and was the Marseille runner-up in 1999.

Mahut's second-round opponent on Wednesday will be his top-seeded compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, while the Russian Davydenko will encounter former U.S. Open champ and last week's Rotterdam runner-up Juan Martin del Potro, this week's fourth seed, on Thursday.

The former Aussie Open runner-up Tsonga was the Marseille titlist in 2009.

Additional Day-2 wins came for Slovak Karol Beck, Belgian qualifier David Goffin, French qualifier Albano Olivetti and Russian Igor Kunitsyn. Olivetti is rewarded with a second-rounder against second-seeded American Mardy Fish, while Beck will battle seventh-seeded Croat Ivan Ljubicic on Wednesday. The former top-five star Ljubicic was a Marseille runner-up in 2005.

The newest Marseille champ will collect $120,000.

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