Former world No. 6 Richard Gasquet was glad with the way he performed against world No. 55 Sonwoo Kwon in the Montpellier round-of-16. Gasquet, now ranked at No. 75 in the world, pulled off a slight surprise on Thursday as he beat Kwon 7-5 6-4.
Kwon, who captured his maiden ATP title last year in Nur-Sultan, entered the match as a slight favorite but Gasquet delivered a solid performance and booked a quarterfinal ticket. "I was solid on the court," Gasquet said in his on-court interview, per the ATP website.
"I didn't make many mistakes, which was the key in the match. I played well and I didn't lose my serve. When playing indoors the court is fast, so I had to serve well and I did. I am really happy to win because he is a great player."
Gasquet overcame Kwon in straight sets
The first break points were seen in the sixth game as Kwon saved a total of six break points to take a 4-3 lead. Blowing six break points didn't impact Gasquet as he kept his focus and claimed the first break of the match in the 11th game.
After claiming his ninth break point to break Kwon, Gasquet routinely served out for the first set in the 12th game. Kwon was still down after losing the first set and Gasquet took the advantage of it as he broke the world No.
55 in the opening game of the second set. Gasquet routinely kept to his serve the rest of the match to book a straight-set win. Gasquet now has a good chance to make the semifinal as he plays next Mikael Ymer, who stunned Gael Monfils.
Gasquet is playing his second tournament of the season. Gasquet was hoping to play the Melbourne Summer Set before the Australian Open but he tested positive for COVID-19. Gasquet kicked off his season at the Australian Open, where he beat Ugo Humbert in the first round before losing to Botic van de Zandschulp.