Sport Thiem cruises through, Monfils ousted by Gasquet

23:15  19 june  2017
23:15  19 june  2017 Source:   Omnisport

Thiem: Grass so different to clay

  Thiem: Grass so different to clay Dominic Thiem is hoping for a smooth transition onto grass as he prepares to take on Maximilian Marterer at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle.Clay specialist Dominic Thiem is hoping for a smooth transition onto grass as the Austrian prepares to take on Maximilian Marterer at the Gerry Weber Open in Halle, live on Sky Sports.

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DominicThiem - cropped: Dominic Thiem at the Halle Open © Provided by Omnisport Dominic Thiem at the Halle Open

Dominic Thiem advanced to the second round of the Halle Open with a routine victory over Maximilian Marterer, while Richard Gasquet beat Gael Monfils in a battle of two French talents.

World number eight Thiem defeated the German qualifier 7-5 6-3, breaking in the final game of the first set to steer clear of a potentially troublesome tie-break.

The Austrian had to dig in to defend three break points early in the second before pouncing in game four, fighting from 15-40 down to serve out the match and set up a meeting with either Robin Haase or David Ferrer.

WATCH: Thiem's Halle thrill ride

  WATCH: Thiem's Halle thrill ride Dominic Thiem and his opponent Maximilian Marterer entertained Halle spectators at the Gerry Weber Open with an incredible lung-busting rally. The Austrian second seed came into the tournament having enjoyed a successful clay-court campaign where he reached the semi-finals of the French Open.And he made a smooth transition to the grass in Halle where he defeated qualifier Marterer in straight sets 7-5 6-3 in the first round on Monday.

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Marterer had given his home fans plenty to shout about, though, playing his part in an epic rally in which he scrambled across court and slipped as he returned a slice from Thiem before getting back to his feet and playing a shot with his back to the net.

A hotly contested clash saw Gasquet come from behind to defeat Monfils 3-6 6-4 6-3. Gasquet hit 22 aces and saved 12 of 15 break points to keep his opponent at bay.

Dustin Brown wasted five match points in the second set of his clash with Vasek Pospisil but managed to seal a 6-1 6-7 (3-7) 7-6 (7-4) victory.

Wildcard Andrey Rublev shocked eighth seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas 6-7 (1-7) 7-5 6-4, while 2011 champion Philipp Kohlschreiber beat Joao Sousa 3-6 6-4 6-4

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