ATP Open 13: Good day for Jo-Wilfried Tsonga and French contingent in Marseille
Last Updated: 19/02/14 9:42pm
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga: The defending champion reaches quarter-finals
Defending champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga overcame a determined Nikolay Davydenko to progress through to the quarter-finals of the Open 13 in Marseille.
Second seed Tsonga, who also lifted the title here in 2009, had it far from easy against former world No 3 Davydenko but eventually saw off the Russian in straight sets, winning 7-6 (6/4) 7-6 (10/8).
It turned out to be a good day for the majority of the French contingent in action.
Top seed Richard Gasquet cruised through his second-round match while his compatriots Julien Benneteau, Nicolas Mahut and former champion Michael Llodra were all first-round winners.
Gasquet needed just 70 minutes to see off the challenge of Slovenian Blaz Kavcic 6-3 6-3 and the world No 9 will next face either fifth seed Ivan Dodig or Tobias Kamke for a place in the semi-finals.
Seventh seed Benneteau, meanwhile, defeated Dutchman Jesse Huta Galung 6-1 6-4 while Mahut beat compatriot Kenny De Schepper 7-6 (7/2) 6-3.
Llodra, who has reached the final here three times in the last five editions and won in 2010, saw off Lukas Lacko 6-3 7-6 (7/2).
Other first-round victors on Wednesday were Ricardas Berankis, Roberto Bautista-Agut and Jan-Lennard Struff.