French tennis player Richard Gasquet is in great spirits as he enjoys featuring the Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic and looks forward to competing at the upcoming Australian Open. The 31-year-old has picked up two wins and zero losses in Kooyong this week as he defeated in straight sets tennis superstar Rafael Nadal on Tuesday and Australian Matt Ebden on Thursday, respectively.
The Frenchman opened Day 3 of the Kooyong event by beating Ebden under the hot sun 6-4 7-6 (4). "It's a very nice match and great preparation for Melbourne, it's hot the conditions and that’s what I need," Gasquet said after the clash against Ebden.
"I'm feeling great physically, no injuries and feeling good and that's the most important thing for me, I'm ready to play my best tennis. "You know it's always nice to play here (Kooyong). "I played here when I was 17 years old, I have many memories playing on this court and for Melbourne, it's the best preparation for me because the week before it's hard to play a tournament. "It's great here with the crowd and good players." World No.
76 Ebden is giving his best efforts to get ready and prepare well for his Australian Open campaign. The Australian edged 2014 US Open champion Marin Cilic on Wednesday but couldn't pull off back-to-back upsets and beat Gasquet a day later.
The 30-year-old, who featured at last week's Brisbane International, is set to play for the third day in a row in Kooyong as he has been scheduled to meet Spain's Pablo Carreno Busta on Friday. "It's just recovery now after six days of practice and matches," Ebden said of the Australian Open.
"The next few days is about rest and working on the body to get everything ready for the next couple of weeks and a bit of practice on the weekend." Also read: Annabel Croft: 'Nick Kyrgios ultimately does want to do well in Australia' .