Bangkok, Thailand (Sports Network) - Last year's finalists, -- reigning
champion Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon -- were among Thursday's second-
round winners at the Thailand Open tennis event.
The second-seeded U.S. Open semifinalist Gasquet grounded Slovak Lukas Lacko
6-3, 6-2, while the fourth-seeded Simon, fresh off his title in Metz in his
native France last week, topped Aussie Bernard Tomic 6-4, 7-5 on the indoor
hardcourts at Impact Arena. Simon's latest victory marked the 300th match win
of his ATP career.
The world No. 9 Gasquet defeated the 2009 Bangkok titlist and former top-10
star Simon in last year's all-French finale.
In other second-round action on Day 4, third-seeded Canadian slugger Milos
Raonic fired 21 aces in outlasting Aussie Marinko Matosevic 7-6 (7-3), 4-6,
6-4, fifth-seeded Russian veteran Mikhail Youzhny doused Uzbekistan's Denis
Istomin 6-3, 6-3, and Taiwan's Yen-Hsun Lu upended eighth-seeded Czech Lukas
Rosol 6-3, 6-2.
Friday's quarterfinals will pit top-seeded world No. 6 and former Wimbledon
runner-up Tomas Berdych against Lu; Gasquet versus Youzhny; Raonic against
Spanish left-hander Feliciano Lopez; and Simon versus Dutchman Igor Sijsling.
The 2013 Bangkok titlist will earn $102,450.
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