Gicquel beats Llodra at Montpellier

by: AP February 04, 2014

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MONTPELLIER, France (AP)—Marc Gicquel of France advanced to the second round of the Open Sud de France after beating countryman Michael Llodra 6-4, 7-6 (4) on Tuesday.

Llodra had won their only previous meeting, five years ago in Lyon, but this time Gicquel was more clinical, converting two of his five break-point opportunities, whereas Llodra took only one of eight chances. Both players had six aces.

Gicquel next plays countryman Gilles Simon, who is seeded second.

In other first-round matches, Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin also advanced, winning 6-4, 7-5 against qualifier Marsel Ilhan of Turkey and next plays fourth-seeded Dmitry Tursunov of Russia.

Adrian Mannarino beat Vincent Millot 6-4, 6-4 in another all-French match.

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