Richard Gasquet powers past Davydenko
Just two days after securing his first win since November, Nikolay Davydenko was brought down to earth by Richard Gasquet who claimed a 6-3 6-4 win at the Open Sud de France.
Davydenko snapped an awful run of form with a win over Stephane Robert but he found No. 4 seed Gasquet far too good in the second round in Montpellier.
Gasquet is a high-class operator when at his best and he impressed in seeing off Davydenko. The Frenchman powered down six aces in the opening set and the pressure he imparted on his opponent paid off with a solitary break of serve.
It proved a similar story in the second as Gasquet, who failed to give Davydenko a sight of a break point, worked one break to take the match in an hour and 27 miuntes.
French wildcard Guillaume Rufin, the world No. 209, claimed a huge upset when taking out the No. 5 seed Feliciano Lopez 7-6(5) 6-3.