Tsonga and Gasquet reach Open 13 quarters

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 19, 2014 at 4:46 pm •  Published: February 19, 2014

MARSEILLE, France (AP) — Top-seeded Richard Gasquet and defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga both reached the Open 13 quarterfinals with straight-sets wins on Wednesday.

After the second-seeded Tsonga beat Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 (4), 7-6 (8), his French countryman Gasquet followed up with a 6-3, 6-3 win against Slovenia's Blaz Kavcic. Gasquet did not face a single break-point and took his opponent's serve three times.

Earlier, the second-seeded Tsonga, who had 19 aces, improved to 4-2 in career head-to-heads against the Russian who reached a career-high ranking of third.

Davydenko saved one match point with a forehand pass down the line, but Tsonga clinched victory with the next when Davydenko's forehand hit the net.

"It's never easy against him, he's a great player who's won a lot of titles," the 28-year-old Tsonga said. "I'm trying to get my bearings again, which is why I was so happy to win."

Tsonga next plays either sixth-seeded Edouard Roger-Vasselin of France or Ukraine's Sergiy Stakhovsky, while Gasquet's quarterfinal opponent is either fifth-seeded Ivan Dodig of Croatia or Germany's Tobias Kamke.