Richard Gasquet has defeated his countryman Benoit Paire in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Gasquet won the match by 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.

Gasquet has come into this tournament with a bit of form. In the Sony Open played a few weeks ago, he had a good outing. The Frenchman had managed to reach the semi finals there. He was expected to dominate in the match against Paire and he began exactly in the same fashion.

In the first set, Gasquet just bamboozled his opponent. Paire managed to hold his serve in the second game of the set, but, after that, he was like a mere spectator. Gasquet was all over him with his powerful shots. He got two consecutive breakthroughs (in the 4th and the 6th game) and won the set by 6-1.

The way Gasquet had played in the first set, his fans would have been thinking that he would win the match in straight sets. But, that wasn’t the case to be.

Paire bounced back brilliantly in the second set. Although, he didn’t get a good start as he dropped his serve in the 3rd game, but, he broke back in the 6th game and made the score 3-3.

In the 8th game, Paire broke Gasquet’s serve again and then, by holding his serve in the next game, he sealed the second set by 6-3.

In the third set, Gasquet gathered his focus back and again, demolished his opponent just like the first set. With a breakthrough in the second game, he was off to a lead of 3-0. Paire held his serve in the 4th game, but, after that, he couldn’t win a game.

Gasquet got another breakthrough in the 6th game and won the last three games consecutively to wrap up the match.

In the third round, Gasquet will face Marin Cilic of Croatia.