• Gasquet serves up second straight double-breadstick

    4/8/10 6:53 PM | Ricky Dimon
    Gasquet serves up second straight double-breadstick Richard Gasquet has lost a mere four games on his way to the Casablanca quarterfinals after destroying Andrey Golubev on Thursday. Stanislas Wawrinka and Victor Hanescu also advance.

    Two days after crushing Olivier Rochus 6-1, 6-1, Richard Gasquet blasted Andrey Golubev by the same score on Thursday evening in the second round of the Grand Prix Hassan II. Gasquet needed just 47 minutes to dismiss Rochus and he made even quicker work of Golubev, advancing to the quarterfinals in a swift 44 minutes.

    The 74th-ranked Frenchman, who lost only one service point in the entire match against Rochus, dropped a mere seven points in seven service games against Golubev and never faced a break point. Gasquet finished off the first set with his third ace of the match and Golubev never came close to turning things around in set two. Gasquet's fifth break of the day ended the proceedings in style.

    No. 1 seed Stanislas Wawrinka also advanced with a 6-4, 0-6, 6-4 win over Slovakian qualifier Martin Klizan. Wawrinka needed two hours and one minute to reach the quarterfinals and set up an encounter with Moroccan wild card Reda El amrani.

    The 23rd-ranked Swiss bounced back from a dismal second set in which he lost more than 60 percent of the points on both his first and second serve. Wawrinka raised his level when it mattered most, serving at 81 percent in the final set and dropping a mere six points in his last five service games.

    Hanescu opened his Casablanca campaign and needed three sets to reach the quarterfinals at the expense of Jarkko Nieminen. Hanescu dismissed the Finn 2-6, 6-3, 6-2 in one hour and 43 minutes, firing seven aces in the process.

    After a dreadful start to the proceedings, the 6'6'' Romanian broke serve twice in each of the last two sets. Interestingly, Nieminen put in all 20 of his first serves in the final frame of play, but he still won just half of his service points. Hanescu saved all five of the break points he faced in the final set to consolidate his advantage before serving it out at 5-2.

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