Reuters - Mon, 12 Apr 17:38:00 2010
Although his suspension ordeal after a positive test for cocaine is now just an unpleasant memory, Richard Gasquet is still struggling to recapture his old form.
Gasquet, who burst into the limelight in 2005 when he beat Roger Federer in the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-finals, laboured to a 6-2 4-6 6-2 first round win over Spanish qualifier Daniel Gimeno-Traver in the principality on Monday.
"Things got mixed up in my head all of a sudden," the 23-year-old Frenchman told reporters.
Last May, Gasquet was suspended after testing positive for cocaine at the Sony Ericsson Open in Florida.
However the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled in December that he had been inadvertently contaminated by kissing a woman in a nightclub.
Gasquet, a former world number seven, said he did not have too many complaints.
"Of course it was very hard, but hey, I'm a tennis player, I don't have to go to the factory every morning," he said.
Gasquet, who has dropped to 79th in the ATP rankings, said he was now looking to break into the top 20.
"I'm targeting top 30, top 20. Top 10 is too soon to tell, it's another level," he said. "Things could have been worse. I could have a three-digit ranking."
Berdych, seeded 10th, built on the form that allowed him to reach the Miami Masters final earlier this month to advance.