Movie Rating: four / 5
Richard Gasquet has been defeated by Fabio Fognini of Italy in the quarter final round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Fognini won the match in the straight sets by 7-6(0), 6-2.
This was the first time that Fognini defeated Gasquet. These two players had met a couple of times before this match and in both those matches, Gasquet was the winner. But, the Frenchman couldn’t continue his winning streak again Fognini yesterday.
In the post match interview, Gasquet said, “The credit must go to Fabio. He was fabulous and he kept pressure on me right through.”
“It obviously doesn’t feel good. I wanted to go all the way, but, unfortunately, today was not my day.”
In the opening set, Fognini broke Gasquet’s serve in the very first game of the match, but, he was broken back immediately and the scores got levelled at 1-1.
Fognini got another breakthrough in the third game and this time, he consolidated that with a serve hold in the 4th game.
However, the Italian player again lost the advantage as he dropped his serve for the second time in the set in the 6th game and Gasquet succeeded in equalizing the scores again.
The next 6 games went with the serve which made sure that the set would be decided in the tie breaker.
In the tie breaker, Gasquet committed a whole lot of mistakes and allowed his Italian opponent to take the set beyond him. The Frenchman didn’t manage to win even one point in the tie breaker.
In the second set, both the players held their serve in the first 5 games and Gasquet was trailed by 2-3 when the 5th game finished.
Fognini didn’t let Gasquet win any more games in the second set after that. With a couple of successive breakthroughs, he won the last 3 games on the trot and moved into the semis.
Video clip Ranking: 5 / five
Richard Gasquet will play against Nicolas Almagro of Spain in the fourth round of the Sony Open. The player who wins this match will get an entry into the final 8.
Gasquet got an entry in the pre quarterfinal round with the help of a win over Mikhail Youzhny of Russia. Gasquet beat Youzhny in the straight sets by 6-3, 6-4.
On the other hand, Almagro went past the Belgian player David Goffin to earn a fourth round place.
Gasquet didn’t have a great last season. But, in this season, he has been looking in astonishing touch. He had won just one title in the entire last season, while, in this season, he has already won two titles.
The first tournament in which Gasquet took part in the ongoing season was Qatar Open. He won that tournament by defeating Nikolay Davydenko of Russia in the final. He was trailed by a set in that match, but, he bounced back to win the next couple of sets and seal the title.
Gasquet then decided to withdraw his name from the Apia International Sydney Tennis tournament to have a bit of rest before the Australian Open.
In the Australian Open, Gasquet couldn’t even reach the quarter finals. In the fourth round, he was defeated by his compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
The second title won by Gasquet in the ongoing season was Open Sud de France. He beat his countryman Benoit Paire in the final of that competition.
The match between Gasquet and Almagro is expected to be a thriller. There is not much difference in the world rankings of these two players and both have been in cracking form in the tournament so far. Neither of them has lost a set in the tournament.
These two have locked horns with each other four times before and Gasquet has won only one of those matches. He would definitely like to improve his record against Almagro.
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Richard Gasquet has been defeated by Gilles Muller of Luxembourg in the first round of Marseille Open. Muller won the match by 2-6, 6-4, 7-6(7/5).
This was a thriller of a match. Both the players kept fighting till the end, but, it was Muller who pulled it off eventually.
Gasquet was in a great position at one point of time. After coming back into the match by winning the second set, he was leading by 5-2 in the final set. But, suddenly, he lost the plot and let the game drift away from him.
Gasquet was going through a dream run before this tournament. Out of the last 17 matches that he had played, he had won 15. So, he was high on confidence coming into this match. But, he looked completely out of sorts in the opening set. He was thrashed by his opponent in the first set. But, the way he came back in the second set, it seemed that he has got back into rhythm now and he would dominate in the third set.
Gasquet started the third set in a dominating fashion, but, by playing some lose shots towards the end, he gave his opponent the opportunity to tie the scores. The set went into the tie breaker in which Gasquet again played some erratic shots and lost the match.
In the post match interview, Gasquet said, “I hadn’t expected to lose after getting ahead by 5-2 in the final set. But, it’s my fault. I really committed a lot of mistakes towards the end and that’s why, I am out of the tournament. It really hurts when you lose a match after getting into such a good position.”
In the second round, Muller will take on Marcel Granollers of Spain.