Paris, France (4E Sports) – Richard Gasquet’s chances of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2007 remained alive when he reached the BNP Paribas Masters third round with a 7-5, 6-7(6), 6-3 win over Fernando Verdasco.
Gasquet committed 22 unforced errors in the second set but recovered in the third set to finish the match in two hours and 41 minutes. With the victory, Gasquet moved to within three match wins of 350 career victories.
Gasquet could meet fellow London contender Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, the 2008 Paris champion, in the third round. Tsonga plays Kei Nishikori, who has a 35-18 season record, during tonight’s evening session.
The ATP World Tour Finals will be held at The O2 in London from 4-11 November.
Grigor Dimitrov converted four of his 13 break point opportunities to beat former two-time semifinalist Michael Llodra, 6-7(5), 6-3, 6-3.
Dimitrov, who lifted his first ATP World Tour trophy earlier this month at the If Stockholm Open, will meet No. 16 seed Fabio Fognini in the second round.
Pablo Andujar made the most of his lucky loser spot when he defeated Vasek Pospisil 6-4, 2-6, 6-4 in two hours and 18 minutes.
Andujar replaced Gael Monfils, who withdrew Monday night due to a wrist injury. He now faces Barclays ATP World Tour Finals qualifier Tomas Berdych, the sixth seed and 2005 champion.
Michal Przysiezny struck 11 aces and won 38 of his 41 first service points to beat Jarkko Nieminen, 6-3, 7-6(6). The qualifier goes on to face No. 13 seed John Isner in the second round.
Nicolas Mahut advanced to the second round for the fourth time after beating Alexandr Dolgopolov, 7-6(6), 6-1 in 80 minutes. Mahut will next challenge No. 15 seed Gilles Simon.
On the women’s side, top seed Simona Halep opened her Garanti Koza WTA Tournament of Champions campaign with a 6-3, 6-3 win over Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.
In the day’s other match, two-time champion and second seed Ana Ivanovic downed eighth seed Tsvetana Pironkova, 6-0, 6-2.