Hrbaty upset in second round at Lyon Tennis

Oct 25, 2006 - 8:36 PM LYON, France (Ticker) - Marc Gicquel continues to cause fits for seeded players.

Gicquel pleased the crowd as the local favorite recorded a 6-3, 6-3 victory over third seed Dominik Hrbaty of Slovakia in the second round of the Lyon Tennis Grand Prix on Wednesday.

Ranked 61st in the world, Gicquel knocked off a seeded player for the third time in his last five meetings. He bounced top seed David Ferrer in the opening round at Metz, France three weeks ago en route to reaching the semifinals.

In the quarterfinals for the second time this season, Gicquel next will face either countryman No. 6 Sebastien Grosjean or Cyril Saulnier.

Hrbaty is the third top seed to be upset at this $850,000 indoor tournament in the last two days. Top seed Marcos Baghdatis and second seed Gaston Gaudio were toppled on Tuesday.

Eighth seed Nicolas Almagro of Spain was able to avoid the upset bug, dispatching German Florian Mayer, 7-6 (7-5), 6-4.

Robin Soderling, the fifth seed from Sweden, also moved into the quarterfinals with a 7-5, 6-3 victory over Nicolas Massu of Chile.

In the first round, American Robby Ginepri had a tough start here, needing two tiebreakers to get past local player Gilles Simon, 7-6 (7-3), 7-6 (7-5). He will next face Simon Gruel, who upset Gaudio.

Also, local wild card Michael Llodra battled past Michal Mertinak of Slovak Republic, 4-6, 7-6 (7-4), 6-2, to set up a meeting with countryman Arnaud Clement, who knocked off Baghdatis.

Defending champion Andy Roddick is not entered in the event.

First prize is $120,000.






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