• Llodra and Chardy advance at Paris Masters

    10/30/12 10:01 PM | Cheryl Murray
    Llodra and Chardy advance at Paris Masters It was a good day for the Frenchmen as Michael Llodra and Jeremy Chardy started successful bids at the 2012 Paris Masters.

    Michael Llodra def. Daniel Gimeno-Traver (LL) 7-5, 6-3

    Frenchman Michael Llodra was slated to play Radek Stepanek in the first round this week, a player he has lost to in 5 of their 6 meetings. Fate intervened however, and Stepanek was forced to withdraw from the tournament, leaving lucky loser Daniel Gimeno-Traver in his place.

    Despite the relatively close scoreline, Llodra wasn't ever in real danger of losing this match. He didn't even face a single break point as he sent 8 aces past Gimeno-Traver. He only earned a pair of break points, one in each set. But he made the most of his opportunities to secure the win in straight sets.

    Jeremy Chardy def. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez 6-0, 6-3

    This was as routine an opening match as Frenchman Jeremy Chardy could have hoped for. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez only kept Chardy on court for an hour and twelve minutes. In that time, Chardy managed to dole out a first set bagel.

    The second set was marginally more competitive, but Garcia-Lopez didn't have even a single break point chance. Chardy secured an early break of serve and held onto the lead easily to send the Spaniard packing.

    Chardy's win sets up a second round showdown with No. 14 seed Milos Raonic of Canada.

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