Jordan Thompson vs. Richard Gasquet
|Date & Time||Saturday June 15, 2019, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
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Jordan Thompson and Richard Gasquet meet in the semifinals of the 2019 tennis Libema Open.
Jordan Thompson is coming off a three sets win over Alex De Minaur that took 27 games to decide. In the victory, Thompson won 70 percent of his first serve points and 53 percent of his second serve points. Thompson won 64 percent of his total service points and converted on five of his six break points. Thompson got 64 percent of his first serves in play and saved five of his eight break points. Thompson has won two of his three matches this tournament when dropping the first set and has won four of his last six matches overall that have gone the distance. Thompson gives himself a chance as long as he keeps getting his first serve in play. Thompson would advance to his first career singles final appearance with a victory here. Thompson has won four of his last five matches on grass court.
Richard Gasquet is coming off a straight sets win over Nicolas Jarry that took 23 games to decide. In the victory, Gasquet won 74 percent of his first serve points and 54 percent of his second serve points. Gasquet won 69 percent of his total service points and converted on one of his four break points. Gasquet got 72 percent of his first serves in play and saved all four of his break points. Gasquet has won each of his last six sets and has been broken just once in his last two matches. After hit or miss results, this is easily the best Gasquet has looked this year. Gasquet looks to make his first final appearance since last years Swedish Open and the 32nd final appearance of his career. Gasquet has won eight of his last 10 matches on grass court.
These two have played once, which was a 2014 exhibition, a match Gasquet won in three sets. The match was decided in 34 games.
Thompson has had some success against good players this tournament, so he can’t be overlooked, but I have a hard time backing players who have never been in spots like this before once we get to the business end of tournaments. Gasquet and his resume speaks for itself, and he seems to have much more success on these slower surfaces where he can cover ground and look a lot like the Gasquet of old.
Close, competitive match, but I like Gasquet to make his first final of the year.