MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Marc Gicquel of France advanced to the second round of the Open Sud de France after beating countryman Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday.
Llodra had won their only previous meeting, five years ago in Lyon, but this time Gicquel was more clinical, converting two of his five break-point opportunities, whereas Llodra took only one of eight chances. Both players had six aces.
Gicquel next plays countryman Gilles Simon, who is seeded second.
In other first-round matches, Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin also advanced, hitting nine aces in a 6-4, 7-5 against qualifier Marsel Ilhan of Turkey and next plays fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.
Adrian Mannarino beat Vincent Millot 6-4, 6-4 and Albano Olivetti won another all-French match 4-6, 7-6 (2), 6-4 against Kenny De Schepper. Also, wildcard entry Pierre-Hugues Herbert of France beat qualifier Andres Artunedo Martinavarr of Spain 6-4, 6-3.