France's Richard Gasquet is happy to have captured his 500th ATP win in Monaco. The 31-year-old saw off German Mischa Zverev in the Monte Carlo Masters round-of-16 on Thursday 6-2 7-5. The win over Zverev helped Gasquet reach a notable career-milestone at to him already special place.
The Frenchman's first-ever ATP win came at the Monte Carlo Masters in 2002. Back then, a 15-year-old Gasquet beat Argentina's Franco Squillari in the first round. The Frenchman firstly made it past the 2002 Monte Carlo qualifying to reach the main draw.
Former world No. 1 Marat Satin was too much for Gasquet in his second round match at the tournament in 2002. "I'm very happy to do it in Monaco, where I won my first (ever ATP) match in 2002," Gasquet told Canal+ after beating Zverev.
Gasquet is due to meet next No. 3 seed Alexander Zverev. The Frenchman hasn't dropped a set in his first three matches in Monte Carlo this year. Also read: Anxiety prevents Thomaz Bellucci from winning close matches