Gasquet knocked off in first round of Qatar Open
January 2, 2006
DOHA, Qatar - It was a short stay at Doha for Richard Gasquet.
The third-seeded Gasquet was beaten in the first round of the $1 million Qatar Open by Great Britain's Tim Henman, 6-4, 6-4, on Monday.
The 19-year-old Gasquet, a Frenchman, is one of the emerging starts on the ATP Tour. He was ranked 21st last year and picked up one title at Napoli.
Two other seeded players in action Monday picked up wins in the hardcourt event and one lost.
Davide Sanguinetti of Italy beat sixth-seeded Olivier Rochus of Belgium, 2-6, 7-6 (7-4), 7-6 (7-5). Seventh seed Gael Monfils of France beat Czech Tomas Zib, 7-5, 6-4 and No.8 Feliciano Lopez of Spain toppled Romania's Victor Hanescu, 6-4, 7-6 (7-2).
Unseeded players who advanced included German Tommy Haas; Russian Mikhail Youzhny; South African Wesley Moodie and Marcos Baghdatis of Cypress.
However, all are expected to be looking up at defending champion and world No. 1 Roger Federer. The Swiss superstar opens against Czech Ivo Minar on Tuesday.
In the ATP season-opening event last season, Federer won all 10 sets, including a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Croatian Ivan Ljubicic in the final.
The 24-year-old Federer went on to defend his Wimbledon and U.S. Open crowns and won a total of 11 titles for the second consecutive year. He maintained the world No. 1 ranking throughout the year, posting an 81-4 overall record.