Richard Gasquet does not equal the 16 titles of Jo-Wilfried Tsonga. In a country devastated by fires, the Biterrois burns and bows this Sunday, in Bastad, in the final of the Swedish Open against a Fabio Fognini winner in 3 sets (6-3, 3-6, 6- 1).
“Fabio is a great player, especially on clay, he’s one of the best, he has a good season and I know how hard it can be, but … I feel better and better.” Thus spoke Richard Gasquet on the site of the ATP on the eve of his third final of the season (after a victory on grass at Hertogenbosch in June and a setback earlier in the season in Montpellier). But at the victory of Alizé Cornet in Gstaad did not answer this Sunday the 16th career title (*) of the 29th world player, beaten in the final of the Bastad tournament by Fabio Fognini (6-3, 3-6, 6 -1).
The Biterrois, seeded No. 4, does not take his average of a victory over two in the final, he who played in Sweden his 31st on the circuit. The day after his qualification without blinking against the modest lucky-loser Henri Laaksonen, Gasquet, during these 1h47 game, found this time to whom to talk to a Fognini, 15th world player, with full confidence on clay, which wins his second title of the season after his victory in Sao Paulo earlier this year.
Tsonga remains the most successful
The break conceded input by the Transalpin was a decoy in a first set that turned quickly to his advantage. Half an hour of play and Gasquet, far from the 80% points earned on the first ball in the semifinals, this time passed barely more than 50% of first service (against 72% for Fognini). Three double faults from his opponent at the start of the second run gave him the opportunity to take a winning option on the set; the two men were back to back after 1h12 of confrontation. But Gasquet, which we know the setbacks not so far on the physical level, did not hold the distance: a 3-0 conceded entry last round was unacceptable.
At 31, Fognini added a seventh row to his ATP track record when Gasquet failed to match the 16 titles of his compatriot Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who still remains the most successful French player in the field.