2014 Aegon International

French flare sends warning signs

Julien Benneteau and his Doubles partner Edouard Roger-Vasselin each reached the 2nd Round with comfortable straight set successes in the last Men’s Singles event at Eastbourne.

The French pair recently claimed their maiden Grand Slam Doubles crown at Roland Garros and were just as formidable on grass as they had been collectively on clay.

No5 seed Benneteau opened up proceedings on Centre Court and thumped eight aces past Yen-Hsun Lu to claim a 6-2 6-4 success, which importantly for him wiped away the shock defeat at the same tournament to Taiwan’s #1 player on the ATP Tour.

And Benneteau will square up to compatriot Gilles Simon, the 2013 Aegon International runner-up to Spaniard Feliciano Lopez, as they battle it out for a place in the quarter-finals.

Roger-Vasselin, who delayed his match on Court #1 because the water in the cooler wasn’t cold enough, made a stuttering start to lose his initial eight service points.

But he bounced back to dismiss Russian Qualifier Andrey Kuznetsov 6-3 6-4, which pits him against Jarkko Nieminen next.

The Finland accounted for #7 seed Santiago Giraldo from Colombia 6-3 6-7 (5) 6-3 in 102 minutes, claiming only his first win in four years at the Aegon International.

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