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Tsonga, Gasquet and Roddick win their places in last sixteen

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Latest update : 2008-10-22

All French players, Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, veteran Fabice Santoro and Richard Gasquet have got through the next round. Andy Roddick, the tournament's top seed, will meet the winner between France's Grosjean and Ginepri, of the US, in the next round.

Top seed Andy Roddick reached the second round of the Lyon Grand Prix with a 7-6 6-4 victory over Frenchman Nicolas Mahut on Tuesday. 

The American, who is sixth in the race for the season-ending Masters Cup, began his bid to secure one of the three remaining places in the eight-man Shanghai field with a convincing win against the local favourite. 

The former world number one failed to convert three break points in the first set but managed to take it by winning the tiebreak 7-5. 

He then broke decisively in the ninth game of the second set to win in 78 minutes. 

Roddick faces either compatriot Robby Ginepri or French wildcard Sebastien Grosjean, who meet later on Tuesday. 

"I like this surface, which is quite fast," the 2003 U.S. Open champion told reporters. 

"When you look at the score, you can say I had the match under control but there was this mini break in the tiebreak against me. 

"I'm in a good position to go to Shanghai but you never know what can happen behind me," he added. 

"Before the last tournament in Paris (next week), I prefer to have all the cards in my hands." 

Second seed Richard Gasquet of France needed longer on court to eventually see off Colombian qualifier Santiago Giraldo 5-7 6-3 7-6 to set up a second-round encounter with Belgian Steve Darcis.

Third seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga struggled to reproduce the form that carried him to January's Australian Open final but still managed to defeat fellow Frenchman Marc Gicquel 7-5 4-6 6-3.

Date created : 2008-10-21

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