Second-seeded Frenchman Richard Gasquet, competing at the Libema Open for the first time since his debut in 2008, knocked out Evgeny Donskoy of Russia 6-2, 6-2 in 70 minutes for a place in the quarter-finals.
“It’s always tough to win 6-2, 6-2,” said World No. 30 Gasquet. “I remember I lost on my birthday, 10 years ago here, against Marc Gicquel [in the second round]. The transition from clay to grass is definitely the toughest, and it gets tougher with age. I just need to play matches to get better.”
Gasquet, who became the first player from his country to record 500 tour-level match wins in April, has won his two grass-court titles at 2005 and 2006 Nottingham.