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Federer helped by Gasquet's loss at Swiss Indoors

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Federer helped by Gasquet's loss at Swiss Indoors

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France's Richard Gasquet returns a ball to Kazakhstan's Mikhail Kukushkin during the final match at the Kremlin Cup tennis tournament in Moscow, Russia, Sunday, Oct. 20, 2013. (AP Photo/Misha Japaridze)

BASEL, Switzerland (AP) -- Richard Gasquet lost in the Swiss Indoors first round on Wednesday, boosting Roger Federer's chance of qualifying for the ATP World Tour Finals.

Fifth-seeded Gasquet was beaten 6-4, 6-2 by fellow Frenchman Michael Llodra.

Gasquet, who holds the eighth and final qualifying position for the finals in London, wasted a chance to extend his ATP points lead over compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who skipped this week ahead of the Paris Masters.

Gasquet joins Tomas Berdych and Stanislas Wawrinka as London contenders who lost their opening match at Basel.

Third-seeded in his hometown event, Federer plays his second-round match Wednesday against Denis Istomin of Uzbekistan.

Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina, the top-seeded defending champion, followed Gasquet on court against Swiss wild card Henri Laaksonen.

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