ATP Open Sud de France: Gilles Simon and Dmitry Tursunov both crashed out in round two
There was a big upset at the Open Sud de France when veteran Marc Gicquel dumped out second seed Gilles Simon.
Last Updated: 06/02/14 8:18pm
In their first match for six years, the two Frenchmen dropped serve twice in the opening set before Gicquel took the tie-breaker 7-4.
But the French No 14 broke twice in the second set to win 7-6 6-3 and book a quarter-final date with sixth seed Jarkko Nieminen in Montpellier.
The Finn advanced with a 7-6 7-6 victory over wildcard Pierre-Hugues Herbert despite the Frenchman's 23 aces.
There was another second round upset when fourth ranked Dmitry Tursunov went down 7-5 6-4 to Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.
Istomin awaits for Gael Monfils after the fifth seed brushed aside Portugal's Joao Sousa 6-3 6-2, while French qualifier Albano Olivetti downed Russian veteran Nikolay Davydenko 7-6 6-7 7-5.
In the late match top seed Richard Gasquet had few problems overcoming fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 6-1 6-3, making it five home players into the last eight.