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Birthday delight for Richard Gasquet

india Updated: Jun 25, 2006 17:19 IST
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Richard Gasquet kickstarted his defence of the Nottingham Open title and gave himself a belated birthday present with a hard-fought three-set win over Spain's Ivan Navarro Pastor in the first round at Nottingham.

Gasquet, who left his teenage years behind on Sunday, had to work very hard yesterday to claim a 6-3, 3-6, 7-5 victory.

Andy Murray gave British tennis fans grounds for both optimism and concern ahead of Wimbledon as he swept Russia's Dmitry Tursunov aside in imperious fashion in his match earlier in the day.

The 19-year-old Scot looked sharper than he has done for months as he stormed to a 6-4, 6-3 victory over his big-hitting opponent.

Mirnyi booked his appointment with Murray by overcoming another Briton, Alex Bogdanovic, 4-6, 7-6 (7/4),6-3, after coming within two points of defeat.

Swedish veteran Jonas Bjorkman, a winner here in 1998 and 2002, came through a tussle with Agustin Calleri of Argentina 2-6, 6-1, 6-3.

America's Paul Goldstein saw off the challenge of Wesley Moodie of South Africa 6-1, 7-5 whilst Spain's Feliciano Lopez defeated Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3, 6-1.

Jiri Vanek of the Czech Republic overcame the challenge of Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-4, 6-4 but another Frenchman, Nicolas Mahut fared better, beating Belgium's Xavier Malisse 3-6, 7-6 (10/8), 7-5.