Richard Gasquet reaches 2nd round at Dubai Championships

UBAI, United Arab Emirates —The 31th–ranked Richard Gasquet of Franch wins a straight-set match in 1st round by defeating Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-2, 6-4 Monday.

Richard Gasquet,2011,Dubai,1st roundGasquet, who withdrew from the Quarter Finals in his last tennis tournament, has been struggling with tendinitis in his shoulder this season. The Frenchman took advantage of unforced errors by Dimitrov who has been tipped as one of the next stars and has won 19 of his last 23 tennis matches on hard courts.

"I know he can miss some easy shots. That's what he did at 4-all in the second set," Gasquet said. "He missed four easy forehands."

Ukrainian qualifier Sergei Bubka, Sergei Bubka's son, will be the opponent of Gasquet in the 2nd round.

PS: Third-seeded Tomas Berdych defeated Jeremy Chardy 6-2, 6-3 and fifth-seeded Ivan Ljubicic was forced to retire with a leg injury against Ukrainian qualifier Sergei Bubka. Eighth-seeded Ernests Gulbis defeated German qualifier Michael Berrer 6-3, 6-4.

Top-seeded Roger Federer and second-seeded Novak Djokovic are scheduled to play Tuesday.

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