Richard Gasquet defeated Roberto Bautista Agut in three sets to reach the Cincinnati semi-finals and book a clash against the Belgian David Goffin. The Frenchman, analyzing the match, said: "It was a tough first set. Of course it was very important for me to win the tiebreak, playing one hour.
With the heat and humidity, always important to win. Second set, yeah, had a little bit tired. Of course was tough. He's playing -- he doesn't miss a lot, so it's very difficult to do points. Yeah, I knew if I wanted to win I had to put a lot of energy in the start of the third.
Yeah, I managed to do it. I served better. It was a great third set. I played faster. I tried to start well. I run well. It was a great third set. I had to do it to win a guy like him." Gasquet underwent a groin surgery earlier this year, skipping the first four months of the season.
"My plan was not to retire, but of course I was scared. You never know what can happen when you have surgery. You never know if you're gonna play again," said Gasquet. "It was my case. Sometimes it was tough even to walk after a hit.
Yeah, I had tough moments but I practiced a lot. I tried to recover, to play matches and matches. Yeah, day after day I felt better. Last week was good winning Nishikori, as I said. I felt more confident. I felt I could play on this level.
It made the difference. Now, as I said, I was not better when I was 7 in the world, but physically, yeah, I need to recover day after day, tournament after tournament."