Gasquet comfortable in Montpellier
Top seed Richard Gasquet wasted no time in seeing off fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu in the second round of the Open Sud de France.
Gasquet raced to a 6-1 6-3 win in one hour 34 minutes, two breaks in each set earning him victory.
Gilles Simon, the second seed, crashed out, though, as he was beaten by Marc Gicquel, another home player, 7-6 (7/4) 6-3.
Third seed Jerzy Janowicz, the big-serving Pole, ended the hopes of another French player in Adrian Mannarino with a 7-6 (7/2) 6-3 win.
Things did not go so well for Dmitry Tursunov, as the Russian fourth seed lost 7-5 6-4 to Denis Istomin from Uzbekistan.
French fifth seed Gael Monfils cruised through thanks to a 6-3 6-2 success against Portugal's Joao Sousa, while Jarkko Nieminen, the sixth seed from Finland, needed two tie-breaks to beat France's Pierre-Hugues Herbert 7-6 (7/5) 7-6 (7/5).
Edouard Roger-Vasselin, the seventh seed from France, and compatriot Albano Olivetti also went through on Thursday.