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By Akshay Kohli
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Fourth-seeded Richard Gasquet broke Nikolay Davydenko thrice to beat the Russian 6-3, 6-4. Even though Davydenko is not in his prime and is not ranked as high as a person of his caliber should be ranked, Gasquet was cautious of the former Top-5 player. “He's not the No. 3 he was a few years ago but he can still dazzle sometimes, and you can easily find yourself a break down against him,” Gasquet commented. “So it was important to hold my serve.”
Gasquet, who reached the fourth round at the Australian Open, sealed victory on the fifth chance ,after failing to convert on the first four after a long baseline rally ended with the Russian's forehand sailing wide of the court. “I'm glad he missed that as it was becoming harder to get my first serve in,” said
Gasquet. “I've recovered from Australia now and am starting to sleep properly, so everything's fine.”The biggest upset took place when Guillaume Rufin of France advanced after a 7-6 (5), 6-3 win over fifth-seeded Feliciano Lopez of Spain. Rufin hit 16 aces compared to 13 for Lopez, who lost his serve twice in the second set after the big servers swapped a break each in the first.
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