Gasquet routs Paire for Montpellier crown|
Montpellier, France (Sports Network) - Richard Gasquet eased to a straight-set
win over fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire to capture the Open Sud de France
The third-seeded Gasquet needed a mere 69 minutes to post a 6-2, 6-3 victory
in Sunday's final. He improved his match record to 14-1 this year and became
the first two-time winner on the ATP World Tour in 2013.
"I realize this is my best season start ever and I just want to keep going and
stay healthy," said Gasquet, who commuted 40 minutes from his home each day
this week. "The circumstances here are totally different for me, from the rest
of the weeks on the tour, because I sleep at home in Bezier and I drive back
and forth every day. It's a totally different feeling than lifting a trophy in
a different country far away."
Gasquet also won the Australian Open tune-up in Doha to open the year and
helped France to a first-round Davis Cup win over Israel with a pair of
singles victories. His lone loss this year came against countryman Jo-Wilfried
Tsonga in the fourth round of the Aussie Open.
Sunday's rout gave Gasquet his ninth career title and his third in France. He
also won tournaments in his native country in Lyon in 2006 and Nice in 2010.
Paire, seeded eighth this week, was appearing in his second ATP final. He was
also the runner-up last May in Belgrade.
"It's a positive week overall for me," said Paire. "I am a bit disappointed
about today's performance, but Richard is a very strong player with a very
unique style and there was nothing I could do today."
Gasquet, who improved to 9-10 all-time in title matches, earned a first prize
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