ATP Tennis: Paris Masters Latest First Round Results
Richard Gasquet set up a second round confrontation with number one seed Roger Federer when coming through a hard-fought three sets match with fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut.
It took Gasquet two hours and 28 minutes to beat the wild card entry 75 46 76(7) as he struggled to adapt to the fast surface.
Gasquet last played on the Paris hard court in 2007 when he reached the semi-final, he meets Federer for the first time since Wimbledon 2007 and has beaten him once in seven previous meetings.
Michael Llodra gained a confidence boost with a straight sets victory over Potito Starace in is first round match.
The 30-year-old Frenchman dominated throughout, converting four break points to win 64 61 in 67 minutes and set up a tough second round meeting with American John Isner.
Llodra will be looking to avenge his defeat to the American at the Swiss Indoors last week after coming within two points of victory.
Tuesday evening’s show case matches feature 12th seed Gael Monfils who takes on German qualifier Benjamin Becker and 5th seed Tomas Berdych who plays wild card Florent Serra.
Monfils is French number two and beat Becker in straight sets at Shanghai in their only previous meeting, online bookmaker Sporting Bet is offering odds of 8/13 for Monfils to blow away his German opponent with another straight sets win.
Berdych has struggled with his form since losing his quarter-final match against Roger Federer in the Rogers Cup in August; he’s lost 3 of his 12 subsequent matches and has gone down in straight sets in his last three matches.
Serra beat Berdych four years ago on the clay at Hamburg and was just beaten in their only other head to head when going out of the Masters 1000 at Indian Wells in March this year after three close sets.
Parisian tennis fans could be in for a French double in the evening session with Serra perfectly capable of upsetting the out of sorts Czech and Sporting Bet offer odds of 7/4 for Serra to beat Berdych.
PARIS MASTERS SINGLES RESULTS, completed first round matches at the end of day 1
R64 M Llodra df P Starace 64 61
R64 S Wawrinka df J Ouanna 63 75
R64 R Gasquet df N Mahut 75 46 76(7)
R64 S Giraldo df T de Bakker 67(3) 64 75
R64 J Nieminen df X Malisse 64 63
R64 A Clement df F Lopez 67(8) 76)7) 63