Norway’s Casper Ruud, seeded No. 3, qualified for the knockout stages of the Paris Masters by beating French joker Richard Gasquet 6-1, 7-6 (7) at the Accor Arena on Tuesday night.
Ruud, ranked No 4, will next face the winner of the match between Italian Lorenzo Musetti and Georgian Nikoloz Basilashvili.
Gasquet was dominated in the first set but with the help of the crowd in the second he led 5-3 and although he was broken he forced Ruud to a tie-break and had a point. set at 7-6.
But the Roland-Garros and US Open finalist held on to take his place in the round of 16.
In the previous round at Bercy, Gasquet, ranked No. 76, had won against the Slovak Alex Molcan (6-3, 6-1).
Paris Masters 1000, other second round results (Accor Arena, 5,415,410 EUR, most recent results first):
- Corentin Moutet vs. Cameron Norrie
- Tommy Paul vs. Rafael Nadal
- Taylor Fritz vs. Gilles Simon
- Grigor Dimitrov vs Fabio Fognini
- Carlos Alcaraz vs. Yoshihito Nishioka
- Mikael Ymer vs Felix Auger-Aliassime
- Daniil Medvedev vs Alex De Minaur
- Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. Daniel Evans
- Lorenzo Musetti vs Nikoloz Basilashvili
- Jack Draper vs. Frances Tiafoe
- Karen Khachanov vs. Marc-Andrea Huesler
- Novak Djokovic (6) beat Maxime Cressy: 7-6 (1), 6-4
- Andrey Rublev (7) beat John Isner: 6-2, 6-3