• Gasquet and Simon in second round action

    5/16/12 4:32 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Gasquet and Simon in second round action Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon take the court at the Rome Masters for spots in the third round.

    Richard Gasquet (16) vs. Paolo Lorenzi

    France’s Richard Gasquet has had a good clay-court season so far. The world No. 22 advanced all the way to the finals in Estoril, where he lost to Juan Martin Del Potro, and he has a round of 16 showing in Madrid.

    He will take on Italy’s Paolo Lorenzi, who is ranked 96th in the world. Most of Lorenzi’s successes have come on the Challenger circuit. He won a main-tour match in the first round in Estoril a few weeks ago, but ironically he lost in the second round to Gasquet.

    Prediction – Gasquet in straight sets.

    Gilles Simon (11) vs. Guillermo Garcia-Lopez

    World No. 12 Gilles Simon will go into this match with the confidence of having beaten Guillermo Garcia-Lopez in all three of their meetings. Their most recent encounter came just a week ago at the Madrid Masters, which Simon won 6-4, 6-3.

    Simon is having an outstanding clay-court season. The Frenchman made the semifinals in Monte Carlo and took the title in Bucharest.

    Garcia-Lopez, who is ranked 85th in the world, has struggled to win more than one match at time this spring, with his best showing coming in Casablanca where he made the quarterfinals.

    Prediction – Simon in straight sets.

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