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Gasquet through to second round at Monte Carlo Open

2010-04-13 09:32 BJT

Richard Gasquet prevailed in a tight three-set match to beat Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver 6-2, 4-6, 6-2 in the first round of the Monte Carlo Open.

Richard Gasquet of France serves to Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain during their first round match at the Monte Carlo Masters tennis tournament in Monaco April 12, 2010.REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier (MONACO - Tags: SPORT TENNIS)
Richard Gasquet of France serves to Daniel Gimeno-Traver of Spain 
during their first round match at the Monte Carlo Masters tennis 
tournament in Monaco April 12, 2010.REUTERS/Sebastien Nogier 

The 23 year old Frenchman just came back from an 11 month suspension after testing positive for cocaine in 2009. The former world number seven showed glimpses of his previous form, taking the first set 6-2. But he then lost his concentration allowing Gimeno-Traver to seize the initiative winning the second 6-4 to level the match. But Gimeno-Traver was unable to match Gasquet's performance in the third losing it 6-2 as the Spaniard hit a wild forehand on match point.