• Gasquet, Verdasco highlight Monday play

    8/15/11 3:16 AM | Kelli DeMario
    Gasquet, Verdasco highlight Monday play Tournament seed Richard Gasquet will begin his run in Cincinnati, as he takes to the court against Alexandr Dolgopolov. The Frenchman is joined in first-round action by Fernando Verdasco, who faces Thomas Bellucci.

    (12) Richard Gasquet vs. Alexandr Dolgopolov

    Twelfth seed Richard Gasquet holds a 1-0 series edge against Alexandr Dolgopolov, having won their only previous meeting at the 2010 tournament in Nice.

    Gasquet makes his return to competition following a round of 16 loss to Nicolas Almagro in Canada. The 25-year-old Frenchman is bidding for his 30th match victory this season.

    World No. 21 Alexandr Dolgopolov looks to rebound after suffering a second-round defeat to Tomas Berdych at the Rogers Cup. The 22-year-old will attempt to win his first match in Cincinnati on Monday.

    Prediction: Gasquet in three sets.

    Fernando Verdasco vs. Thomaz Bellucci

    Fernando Verdasco leads first-round opponent Thomaz Bellucci 2-1 in the series. Monday marks their third meeting on hard-court.

    Verdasco reached the Rogers Cup second round before falling to Janko Tipsarevic, 4-6, 7-6(5), 3-6. The 27-year-old Spaniard looks to record his 28th victory of the season.

    Thomaz Bellucci returns to action following a second-round loss to Richard Gasquet at the Rogers Cup. The Brazilian will be looking to win consecutive matches for the first time since June.

    Prediction: Verdasco in three sets.

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