Ymer Overcomes Gasquet In Marseille Opener
The 21-year-old, who saved seven of 10 break points, converted his third match point to break the 2017 semi-finalist in a marathon final game. Following the two-hour, 22-minute victory, Ymer improved to 4-1 in first-round matches this year.
The 2019 Next Gen ATP Finals qualifier will face defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas in the second round. The reigning Nitto ATP Finals champion will be keen to rediscover his best form after a second-round loss to Aljaz Bedene at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament last week.
In the evening session, sixth seed Benoit Paire won 91 per cent (30/33) of his first-serve points to defeat wild card Gregoire Barrere 6-4, 7-6(1) in an all-French encounter on Court Central. He'll now turn his attention to a second-round clash with Kazakh Alexander Bublik, who defeated Hungarian Marton Fucsovics 6-4, 7-5.