We quickly plunged back into the world of silence in Hamburg, with a very small handful of spectators who came to watch the France-Australia match. Richard Gasquet, tenured after remaining on the bench on Wednesday against Germany, was able to adapt to this sad atmosphere this Thursday to beat Jason Kubler (97th in the world), who especially shone on grass during this 2022 season that he had started at 203rd in the world (8th at Wimbledon, semi-final at Newport).
The Frenchman knew how to imprint his style on his opponent. Setbacks, amortizations, passings, the range was wide to disturb a broken Kubler from the start who had a hard time finding the solution. A (small) alert came when the Australian, trailing 2-1 in the second set, managed to unbreak to pick up the score.
More enterprising, Kubler nevertheless gave up his serve at 4-4 by committing numerous unforced errors. But at 5-4, the second (small) alert came in a last tense extended game where Gasquet ended up concluding with an ace on his sixth match point after having had to save two balls from 5-5.