Richard Gasquet has been a veteran of French tennis. Moreover, he has consistently played at the top level for over 20 years now. Yesterday, he caused the upset of the tournament at the Geneva Open. The French tennis star knocked out the top seed and World Number 2, Daniil Medvedev, in the second round of the tournament in straight sets 6-2, 7-6 (5). It was a dominating performance by the 35-year-old, prevailing over Medvedev in just under an hour and a half.
Further, Medvedev was making a comeback on the tour after undergoing a minor procedure to fix a small hernia. He had been missing from the tour since his quarterfinal loss at the Miami Open. However, his comeback was short-lived, as he lost the first match on his return. After defeating Medvedev, Gasquet created a unique record.
Ivan Ljubicic praises Richard Gasquet for achieving an incredible feat
With his second-round victory over Medvedev, Gasquet now had a career win against every position in the Top 100 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings. Praising the Frenchman on this unique record, Roger Federer’s coach, Ivan Ljubicic, said, “Amazing stat!!! Bravo @richardgasquet1″ Further, he went on to add, “Is this like a normal thing? How many players have done it?”
Amazing stat!!! Bravo @richardgasquet1
— Ivan Ljubicic (@theljubicic) May 17, 2022
Further, Medvedev looked rusty on his comeback after more than a month and a half. Gasquet took the initiative early on, breaking Medvedev’s serve in the fifth game of the opening set to take a 3-2 lead. Subsequently, the Frenchman won the next three games to take the first set 6-2.
Mar 31, 2022; Miami Gardens, FL, USA; Daniil Medvedev wipes his face between points against Hubert Hurkacz (POL)(not pictured) in a men’s singles quarterfinal in the Miami Open at Hard Rock Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Geoff Burke-USA TODAY Sports
Further, the second set was a keenly fought affair. Gasquet began on the front foot, breaking Medvedev’s serve in the opening game of the second set. However, Medvedev came back strongly to level the set 3-3. The set eventually went into the tie-breaker, with Gasquet winning some crucial points to prevail over Medvedev.
This loss comes as a huge blow to Medvedev ahead of the French Open. Meanwhile, Gasquet will take on Kamil Majchrzak in the quarterfinals.
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