Gasquet advances to Open Sud de France quarterfinals
FILE - In this Thursday, Jan. 18, 2018 file photo, France's Richard Gasquet waves after defeating Italy's Lorenzo Sonego during their second round match at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
MONTPELLIER, France (AP) — Fifth-seeded Richard Gasquet won a hard-fought all-French match against Pierre-Hugues Herbert on Thursday to reach the Open Sud de France quarterfinals.
Gasquet, who played against his Davis Cup teammate for the first time on the main tour, prevailed 7-6 (3), 5-7, 6-3 in more than two hours at the indoor tournament.
"The court is very fast, and he served very well," Gasquet said after facing 14 aces from his rival.
Three-time former champion Gasquet next plays fourth-seeded Damir Dzumhur, who advanced past Ruben Bemelmans 7-5, 6-4 in the second round.