Richard Gasquet eliminated by Casper Ruud in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters

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Richard Gasquet eliminated by Casper Ruud in the second round of the Rolex Paris Masters

With only one victory on the ATP circuit in three tournaments since his final at the US Open, Casper Ruud looked like a sleeping beauty. Bad luck for Richard Gasquet, it was in front of him that the world No. 4 woke up. After one victory over Alex Molcan in the first round, Gasquet was full of praise for his opponent of the day, recalling that he was “two-time Grand Slam finalist and we knew he would rise very high”. In fact, he has evolved to a level where the Frenchman has not found oxygen.

If the first game showed a great quality of strike in the exchange on both sides of the net, the sequel was a nightmare for the Biterrois. Taken in speed in all areas, unable to effectively return the opposing service, Gasquet was caught in a tornado without finding any grip on the ground. At 4-0 double break, the public had a hard time igniting to support their favorite. Fortunately, he woke up at the end of the set, like a slightly less resigned Gasquet.

A real fight in the second set

It was also him who got three break points very quickly. Ruud brushed them aside with two impeccable serves and solid rally strength. But the wind of revolt was blowing in Gasquet, who we saw furiously encouraging himself to change sides. Ruud was less clinical in his tennis and Gasquet took advantage of this to, in turn, jostle him. And finally make the break (5-3). But Ruud broke white immediately and the two men went through a tiebreak. Gasquet broke away 4-1 but failed to prevent Ruud from coming back up and overtaking him at the finish.

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