CHINA OPEN 2013
Gasquet Beats Fellow London Contender
by ATP Staff|
Richard Gasquet earned a confidence boosting win in his bid to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals on Friday in Beijing, beating fellow London contender, David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-4 to reach the China Open semi-finals. He will face World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Gasquet ended a run of five successive defeats to Ferrer when he beat him in five sets in the US Open quarter-finals last month and again got the better of the Spaniard as he broke serve three times for victory in 83 minutes.
"He's No. 4 in the world so it's a big victory for me," said Gasquet. "I beat him at the US Open, but I had lost to him eight times, so it was a very tough match. But I was more confident after winning against him in New York.
“It's a big tournament here, so you need to play well. It's important for me, because I have the chance to qualify for the [Barclays ATP World Tour Finals]. I'm feeling good in my game and it made the difference today.”
The 27-year-old Gasquet is currently ninth in the Emirates ATP Race To London and is looking to qualify for the season finale for the first time since 2007. The Frenchman is coming off semi-final showings at the US Open (l. to Nadal) and the Thailand Open in Bangkok (l. to Raonic) and has a 44-16 match record on the season.