Result: Richard Gasquet beats Michael Russell in straight sets

Richard Gasquet leaves the court following a win at the US Open on August 26, 2013
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Richard Gasquet completes a straight-sets victory over American Michael Russell in the US Open.

Richard Gasquet is through to the second round of the US Open after beating Michael Russell 6-3 6-4 6-2 today.

Both players held serve early in the match, trading blows at 2-2.

Gasquet then held again before going 40-0 after a five-shot rally on Russell's serve. The Frenchman subsequently broke his opponent to take a 4-2 lead midway through the first set.

He appeared to be on course to win the first set with a 40-0 lead on his serve, but Russell fought back to deuce. However, Gasquet maintained his composure to win the opening set 6-3.

A lengthy opening game of the second ensued before Russell held. Gasquet broke his opponent again at 2-1, before winning a six-shot rally to edge further ahead.

Russell, playing in front of his home crowd, felt further disappointment soon after as Gasquet broke for the second time in the set at 4-1.

Russell managed to claw back into the set however, breaking his opponent's serve and holding his own to narrow the deficit to 4-3.

Both players then held their service games, leaving Gasquet to serve out the second set 6-4.

The third set was far more comfortable for Gasquet after breaking in the first game.

He then held serve to complete the win.

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