Richard Gasquet was dealt a setback to his chances of qualifying for the elite ATP Finals after a first-round loss to Vasek Pospisil of Canada 6-3,6-4 in the Shanghai Masters on Tuesday. The Frenchman sits in ninth place in the standings,a mere 20 points behind Stanislas Wawrinka for the last spot in the eight-man field.
The 6-foot-4 (1.93-meter) Canadian overpowered Gasquet with his forehand and serve,hitting 16 winners to just two for the Frenchman in the opening set and finishing with 10 aces.
The key was to stay aggressive the whole time,even in the big moments,going for my shots, Pospisil said. Its a huge win for me.
Pospisil was joined in the second round by countryman Milos Raonic,who served 16 aces to defeat Polish qualifier Michal Przysiezny 6-4,6-4.
Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt jumped out to 3-0 against Andreas Seppi before the Italian reeled off 10 of the next 11 games to win the match 6-4,6-2.
Seppi will play 17-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer in the next round.
In other matches,12th-seeded Kei Nishikori of Japan defeated Grigor Dimitrov of Bulgaria 6-3,6-4,Tommy Robredo of Spain beat countryman Albert Montanes 6-4,6-1,Benoit Paire of France upset 13th-seeded countryman Gilles Simon 6-4,6-3,and Frenchman Jeremy Chardy ousted Australian Bernard Tomic 7-5,6-2.