• Cilic advances to second round, Gasquet upset

    5/3/11 12:25 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Cilic advances to second round, Gasquet upset Marin Cilic is through to the second round in Madrid after taking out Potito Starace in straight sets. The Croatian is joined by qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver, who rallied to upset Richard Gasquet late Monday.

    (Q) Daniel Gimeno-Traver def. Richard Gasquet 3-6, 6-4, 6-3

    World No. 61 Daniel Gimeno-Traver advanced to the second round, following his come-from-behind win over Richard Gasquet. The 25-year-old won just his third Tour-level match of the season, 3-6, 6-4, 6-3. Gimeno-Traver broke to 4-2 in the deciding set, as Gasquet donated a double fault. After missing five match points, the Spaniard closed the match in two hours and 15 minutes.

    He will face eighth seed Jurgen Melzer for a place in the round of 16.

    Marin Cilic def. Potito Starace 7-6(5), 6-4

    World No. 19 Marin Cilic made a strong start in Madrid, having ousted veteran Potito Starace in straight sets. The 22-year-old Croatian tallied 11 aces and three breaks of serve, en route to a 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in 94 minutes. By virtue of the first-round win, Cilic improved his season record to 18-9.

    He is scheduled to take on either 13th seed Mikhail Youzhny or former World No. 4 Juan Martin Del Potro in the second round.

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