Gasquet Battles Back From The Brink In ‘s-Hertogenbosch
Goffin, Seppi advance to the second round
Defending champion Richard Gasquet came back from the brink of defeat on Tuesday to advance to the Libema Open second round. The eighth-seeded Frenchman withstood 21 aces from the racquet of Slovenia’s Aljaz Bedene, who led by a set and was at 5/5 in the second set tie-break, to complete a 6-7(3), 7-6(5), 6-4 victory in two hours and 26 minutes.
Former World No. 7 Gasquet, who celebrates his 33rd birthday next Tuesday, will next play Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan. Kukushkin came back to defeat Italian Lorenzo Sonego 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.
Fifth-seeded Belgian David Goffin won the first seven games against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, a Spanish qualifier, in a 6-0, 6-2 win over 48 minutes. The 2015 ‘s-Hertogenbosch semi-finalist will now prepare to face France’s Pierre-Hugues Herbert, who was a 6-4, 7-5 winner over 2018 semi-finalist Matthew Ebden of Australia in 82 minutes.
Andreas Seppi battled to a 7-6(10), 7-5 win over fellow Italian Thomas Fabbiano in one hour and 58 minutes. Seppi saved two set points at 7/8 and 9/10 in the first set tie-break and came within one point of trailing 1-4 in the second set. He now faces third-seeded Australian Alex de Minaur.
Meanwhile, Chile’s Nicolas Jarry will play top seed Stefanos Tsitsipas after a 7-6(4), 6-3 win over Italian qualifier Jannik Sinner in 81 minutes and Frenchman Adrian Mannarino will meet No. 4 seed Fernando Verdasco after dismissing Dutch wild card Thiemo de Bakker 6-2, 6-1.