Gasquet wins all-French affair
The top-seeded Richard Gasquet defeated fellow Frenchman Stephane Robert 6-1, 6-3 to reach the quarter-finals of the ATP Tour's Winston-Salem Open yesterday morning (Singapore time).
Gasquet saved seven of eight break-points and broke the unseeded Robert's serve five times in the hardcourt tournament in North Carolina.
Gasquet will next face Australia's John Millman, who came from behind to win 5-7, 6-0, 6-3 against wildcard Bjorn Fratangelo. Taiwan's Lu Yen-hsun advanced to his fourth straight Winston-Salem quarter-final with a 6-4, 6-0 win over Argentina's Diego Schwartzman.
Next up for Lu will be second seed Roberto Bautista Agut, of Spain, who defeated Cyprus' Marcos Baghdatis 4-6, 6-3, 6-1. Fifteenth-seeded Fernando Verdasco fired 10 aces as he rolled over fourth-seeded American Steve Johnson 6-4, 7-6 (9/7).
In the quarter-finals, Verdasco will face Serbia's Viktor Troicki, who toppled American Sam Querrey 6-2, 7-6 (7/5).
Andrey Kuznetsov of Russia advanced when Jiri Vesely of the Czech Republic retired at 5-5 in the first set.