Gasquet, Clement advance

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, Last Updated: 9:19 PM ET

PARIS -- Frenchmen Richard Gasquet and veteran crowd favourite Arnaud Clement were among Monday's opening-round winners at the Paris Masters, the final ATP Masters event of the year.

The former top-10 star Gasquet snuck past fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut 7-5, 4-6, 7-6 (9-7), while the wild card Clement outlasted Spanish lefthander Feliciano Lopez 6-7 (8-10), 7-6 (9-7), 6-3 on the indoor hardcourts at Palais Omnisports.

Gasquet needed just under 2 1/2 hours in his 28-ace affair with Mahut, as both players could manage only one break apiece on Day 2.

Up next for Gasquet will be former world No. 1 superstar Roger Federer, while the 32-year-old Clement will face another Spanish southpaw, sixth-seeded Fernando Verdasco.

Meanwhile, Czech veteran Radek Stepanek whipped American journeyman Michael Russell 6-2, 6-0, Finnish qualifier Jarkko Nieminen handled Belgian Xavier Malisse 6-4, 6-3 and France's Michael Llodra leveled Italian Potito Starace 6-4, 6-1. Nieminen will battle American slugger Andy Roddick in the round of 32.

Also, 2010 U.S. Open quarterfinalist Stanislas Wawrinka was a 6-3, 7-5 winner over Josselin Ouanna.

Additional wins came for Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo, Italian qualifier Fabio Fognini and German qualifier Benjamin Becker.

In some other second-round action on Tuesday, fifth-seeded Wimbledon runner-up Tomas Berdych will face France's Florent Serra and last year's Paris Masters runner-up Gael Monfils, of the host nation, will meet Becker. Monfils lost to 2010 U.S. Open runner-up Novak Djokovic in last year's finale here.

Federer and Djokovic top the field here this week. Federer beat Djokovic on Sunday for the title at the Swiss Indoors.


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