After receiving a bye in the first round of the Nasdaq-100 Open, Richard will face Florent Serra in the second round.
Seeded 12, Gasquet comes into the Nasdaq-100 Open after a successful week in Indian Wells where he won through to the fourth round before losing to world number one, Roger Federer. Hopefully the confidence from that tournament will help him through his second round clash with his compatriot, Serra.
Order of play Update Richard vs. Serra is scheduled for fourth on Court six, with play for the day beginning at 10.00am local time. Friday's full order of play
Serra made it through to the second round with a win over another Frenchman in round one, Gilles Simon, 6-2, 6-4. Serra reached a career high ranking of 37 in January when he won the Adelaide tournament, However, since then the Frenchman has only won three matches and comes into this tournament on the back of two first round losses.
Here are Serra’s stats from the ATP web site:
Birthplace: Bordeaux, France
Residence: Paris, France
Height: 5'11'' (180 cm)
Weight: 171 lbs (77 kg)
Turned Pro: 2000
Career High INDESIT ATP Ranking - Singles: 37 (1/16/2006)
Career High Stanford ATP Doubles Ranking: 416 (3/6/2006)
Gasquet and Serra have met twice before, both occasions in 2003 where Gasquet won the encounters. Richard will be hoping to take that head to head to 3-0 with a win which would put him in the third round. Stay tuned to RG.net for confirmation of when the match will be played. Allez Richard!
Article by: Kate Flory