French tennis star Richard Gasquet was happy he avoided going into a third set against Dan Evans. Gasquet, a former world No. 7, beat Evans 6-4 7-6 (4) to reach the Winston-Salem Open quarterfinal. "I had confidence after winning the first set.
I fought a lot in the second set, he started to play better, to be more aggressive and I tried to fight so it was important for me to win the second set,” Gasquet said, per the ATP website. “The third [set], you never know what could happen so I’m really happy with how I played.
“I’m playing well. I won two difficult matches, especially with the conditions – it’s very hot and humid – so it’s always a tough battle for everyone but I managed to win and I hope to do the same tomorrow”.
Gasquet escaped with a straight-set win
Gasquet made a positive start to the match, having broken Evans in the opening game of the match. Gasquet had a chance to go up by a double break in the first but Evans saved two break points in the seventh game.
However, Gasquet kept his focus as he served out for the opener in the 10th game. After losing the first set, Evans claimed his first break of the match in the fourth game of the second set. Unfortunately for Evans, Gasquet broke back in the seventh game to eventually force a tie-break -- in which he realized his first match point to book a straight-set win.
Recently, Gasquet spoke extremely highly of Roger Federer. "There are young guys who play very, very well, who have a good level, who deserve to find their place and who are incredible, but Nadal and Federer, they are world stars!
When they're not there, for me, it leaves a huge void. Federer will be irreplaceable in terms of aesthetics, tennis and for his personality. We will never see that again," Gasquet said.