Richard Gasquet has defeated his countryman Benoit Paire in the second round of the Monte Carlo Masters. Gasquet won the match by 6-1, 3-6, 6-1.
Gasquet has come into this tournament with a bit of form. In the Sony Open played a few weeks ago, he had a good outing. The Frenchman had managed to reach the semi finals there. He was expected to dominate in the match against Paire and he began exactly in the same fashion.
In the first set, Gasquet just bamboozled his opponent. Paire managed to hold his serve in the second game of the set, but, after that, he was like a mere spectator. Gasquet was all over him with his powerful shots. He got two consecutive breakthroughs (in the 4th and the 6th game) and won the set by 6-1.
The way Gasquet had played in the first set, his fans would have been thinking that he would win the match in straight sets. But, that wasn’t the case to be.
Paire bounced back brilliantly in the second set. Although, he didn’t get a good start as he dropped his serve in the 3rd game, but, he broke back in the 6th game and made the score 3-3.
In the 8th game, Paire broke Gasquet’s serve again and then, by holding his serve in the next game, he sealed the second set by 6-3.
In the third set, Gasquet gathered his focus back and again, demolished his opponent just like the first set. With a breakthrough in the second game, he was off to a lead of 3-0. Paire held his serve in the 4th game, but, after that, he couldn’t win a game.
Gasquet got another breakthrough in the 6th game and won the last three games consecutively to wrap up the match.
In the third round, Gasquet will face Marin Cilic of Croatia.
Gasquet Video Ranking: / five
Richard Gasquet has defeated Jerzy Janowicz of Poland in the third round of the BNP Paribas Open. Gasquet won the match in the straight sets by 6-1, 6-4.
In the next round, Gasquet will lock horns with Tomas Berdych of Czech Republic for securing a berth in the final 8.
This was a blistering performance by Gasquet. He took just a little more than 1 hour to knock Janowicz out of the tournament.
This was Gasquet’s 20th match in the ongoing season and he has won 17 out of them. He has already won a couple of titles since the start of the season and he is looking good for the third one here.
After the match, Gasquet said, “The last couple of months have been great for me. I did some hard work during the off season and that’s really helping me now.”
When asked about his opponent, Gasquet said, “I played against him for the first time and I think he is a good player. He played some superb shots in the second set. He is young and his game will develop in the future. He has got a lot of talent; that’s for sure.”
In the first set, Gasquet raced to a lead of 5-0 with breakthroughs in the 2nd and the 4th game. Janowicz held his serve in the 6th game to bring down the lead to 1-5.
The Polish youngster needed much more than a serve hold to repair the damage which was done in the first 5 games. He had to break Gasquet’s serve at least two times to make the set exciting again. That didn’t happen and Gasquet won the set with a serve hold in the 7th game.
In the second set, Gasquet got only one breakthrough i.e. in the 7th game. That was enough for him. He held his entire serve and grabbed the second set by 6-4 to earn a place in the 4th round.
Gasquet Video clip Ranking: 5 / five
Richard Gasquet has been defeated by his compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the fourth round of the Australian Open 2013. Tsonga won the match by 6-4, 3-6, 6-3, 6-2. With this victory, Tsonga made his way into the final 8.
This was the 8th match between these two players. In the previous 7 matches, Tsonga had won three and had lost 4.
Tsonga took 2 hours and 20 minutes to win this clash.
Tsonga was off to a fine start in the match. He broke Gasquet’s service in the very first game of the opening set. In the next 8 games, both the players held their serve and at the end of the ninth game, Tsonga was leading by 5-4.
Gasquet desperately needed a breakthrough in the 10th game to prevent Tsonga from winning the set, but, he didn’t succeed in that. He tried hard and took the score to deuce in the 10th game. But, Tsonga made the score 40-A with an ace and then, by smashing a forehand winner, he sealed the first set.
In the second set, Gasquet played better. There were no breakthroughs in the first three games and Gasquet was ahead by 2-1 at the end of the third game. Gasquet broke Tsonga’s service for the first time in the match in the fourth game and then, he served out the next game to take a lead of 4-1. He held his remaining serves after that and won the second set by 6-3.
But, in the next couple of sets, Tsonga was on fire. He didn’t drop even a single serve in those two sets. The Big Frenchman broke Gasquet’s service once in the third set and twice in the fourth set to win both the sets and secure his victory.
In the next match, Tsonga will face the world no. 2 Roger Federer.