• Gasquet, Simon lead French charge in Paris

    10/31/12 12:07 AM | Ricky Dimon
    Gasquet, Simon lead French charge in Paris Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon will be featured during the third day of main-draw action on Wednesday. They are contesting second-round matches against Kevin Anderson and Victor Hanescu, respectively.

    (12) Richard Gasquet vs. Kevin Anderson

    Anderson and Gasquet will be going head-to-head for the fourth time in their careers when they do battle in round two of the BNP Paribas Masters on Wednesday. Gasquet has won all three of their previous encounters and has never dropped a set to Anderson. Interestingly, they most recently faced each other at the same stage of this same event in 2011, with Gasquet prevailing 6-4, 7-6(4).

    The 12th-ranked Frenchman is a stellar 42-21 for the season and is still in mathematical contention for the World Tour Finals. Gasquet won the Bangkok title to begin the fall swing and is coming off a semifinal showing in Basel. Anderson improved to 29-25 this season by demolishing Thomaz Bellucci 6-2, 6-1 in round one. The 6'7'' South African has a remote chance if he serves brilliantly, but Gasquet in straight sets is the pick.

    (LL) Victor Hanescu vs. Gilles Simon

    Simon initially must have thought he would be going up against Roger Federer if he could get past Marcos Baghdatis in the first round. The Frenchman did just that with a routine 7-5, 6-1 victory, but he will now be facing Hanescu instead of the world No. 1. Federer withdrew to prepare for London, allowing Hanescu to get in as a lucky loser.

    The 61st-ranked Romanian outlasted Edouard Roger-Vasselin 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 in the first qualifying round then fell to Alejandro Falla 4-6, 7-6(5), 6-4 on Sunday. He has won only six ATP main-draw matches this entire season. Simon played solid tennis against Baghdatis and should capitalize on this opportunity by treating the fans to a straight-set win.

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Anderson takes the first set. Gasquet's hopes of clinching the last place for WTF looking shaky if he doesn't raise his level pdq.

ed251137 , 10/31/12 1:43 PM

Going, going, gone.

Anderson played very well, apart from the dip in his first serve in the 2nd set, but Gasquet splayed UEs in every direction to lose the 3rd set. The curse of the home crowd again: he nearly always seems to have trouble when he plays in Paris.

Sorry for Reeshaar but congratulations to Anderson who held his nerve in the face of a more than usually vociferous home crowd.

ed251137 , 10/31/12 2:36 PM

best win for Anderson in quite some time

RickyDimon , 10/31/12 2:43 PM

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