Richard Gasquet hadn’t won a game since his first round of the US Open two months ago. Since then, the Biterrois, 34 years old and world n ° 56, remained on three defeats against serious clients (De Minaur, Medvedev and Bautista Agut) in as many tournaments.
Despite the special conditions of the Parisian camera, the Habs have found a smile again by beating the American Fritz (6-0, 3-6, 6-3). “I hurt myself a bit after the tournament in Antwerp and I was really not sure I would play in the middle of last week,” he explains. Each time, I lose my rhythm and I lack the engine. I need to play. When I’m in good shape, I am able to beat good players. Even without an audience, Bercy remains special. “
In the next round, Gasquet will challenge the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman, who is playing his qualification for the Masters in Paris. And against which he remains on three victories … “But today it’s another story, he smiles. He is 9th and I am 56th! I no longer have the same level or the same classification. I know how hard it can be against him. He will clearly be the favorite… ”
Among the other Habs entered this Tuesday, Pierre-Hugues Herbert managed to reverse the trend against another representative of Uncle Sam, Tennys Sandgren (2-6, 6-4, 7-6 (4)). In the round of 16, the Alsatian will face the Canadian Raonic.
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