Richard Gasquet has advanced to the fourth round of the Pacific Life Open with a straight sets victory over Dominik Hrbaty 6-3, 6-4.
Highlights: You can now watch video highlights of Gasquet's win over Hrbaty on the Pacific Life Open TV.
Gasquet, wearing a royal blue shirt, got off to a flying start, breaking Hrbaty to love in his opening service game. Richard consolidated the break to take a 3-0 lead.
Despite much pressure from the Frenchman on Hrbaty's serve, the rest of the set went with serve, and at 5-3, Richard closed out the set with an ace to take a one set to love lead.
Hrbaty had no time to run for cover as he was under fire immediately in the second set as he went 0-40 down. Clawing his way back though, he clung on to hold serve.
Gasquet, who did not face a break point all match, continued to hold serve comfortably in the second set, adding to the pressure on the Slovak's shoulders. At 4-4, Gasquet finally broke through Hrbaty's ranks as the Slovak found himself in hot waters down 0-40. Scrambling to save one break point, Hrbaty could not halt the Frenchman's onslaught as Gasquet broke for a 5-4 lead.
Richard who had a first serve percentage of 66% and served six aces had no trouble serving out the match. He will now face the winner of Roger Federer and Olivier Rochus.
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