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  • Gasquet, Wawrinka headline Wednesday play in Estoril

    5/1/12 11:36 PM | Kelli DeMario
    Gasquet, Wawrinka headline Wednesday play in Estoril Second seed Richard Gasquet will commence his run at the Estoril Open, as he takes to the court against Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi. The Frenchman is joined in first-round action by fellow seed Stanislas Wawrinka, who faces qualifier Ivan Navarro.

    (2) Richard Gasquet vs. Paolo Lorenzi

    World No. 18 Richard Gasquet holds a 1-0 series edge against World No. 82 Paolo Lorenzi, having won their only previous meeting at the 2011 Masters 1000 Miami.

    Gasquet makes his return to competition following a round of 16 result in Miami. The 25-year-old Frenchman will be making his first appearance in Estoril since 2007, when he finished runner-up to World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.

    Lorenzi rallied to defeat France’s Edouard Roger-Vasselin in the first round, 3-6, 7-6(2), 6-4. The 30-year-old Italian is bidding for his third Tour-level victory of the season.

    (3) Stanislas Wawrinka vs. (Q) Ivan Navarro

    World No. 22 Stanislas Wawrinka trails World No. 232 Ivan Navarro 0-1 in the series. Wednesday marks their first meeting since 2003.

    Wawrinka is back on court after reaching the quarterfinal in Monte-Carlo (lost to Nadal). The 27-year-old will be making his Estoril Open debut on Wednesday.

    Qualifier Ivan Navarro dismissed compatriot Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the opening round, 7-6(5), 6-2. The veteran will attempt to win his second Tour-level match of the season Wednesday afternoon.

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