Richard Gasquet vs Kevin Anderson
|Date & Time||Friday October 5, 2018, 10:30 AM (EDT)|
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World number 25, Richard Gasquet, will play world number 9, Kevin Anderson, in the quarterfinals of the 2018 ATP Japan Open.
Richard Gasquet enters this match having beaten Nick Kyrgios in the round of 16. It was a close match with Gasquet winning 2 tiebreakers to get the victory. It was impressive to watch Richard Gasquet serve as he hit 12 aces and won all his service games. That being said, Richard Gasquet was very poor receiving serve as he didn’t break serve in the entire match. This weakness has been a big issue of Gasquet and it was also evident in his first round match as he won in straight sets but only broke his opponents serve on 2 occasions. This aspect of Gasquet’s game will need to improve if he wishes to cause problems for Kevin Anderson.
On the other side of the court, Kevin Anderson beat Frances Tiafoe in his previous match. Anderson also served exceptionally well as he only lost one service game and hit 18 aces. Anderson complemented his serving with world-class receiving as he broke Tiafoe serve on 3 occasions to set up a comfortable win. Kevin Anderson has been in terrific form having beaten Novak Djokovic last week at the Laver Cup. These recent results will ensure Kevin Anderson is high on confidence and that will make his very hard to beat.
Richard Gasquet and Kevin Anderson have played 10 times in the past with Gasquet winning on 4 occasions and Anderson winning on 6 occasions.
This is expected to be a very good match since both Anderson and Gasquet are exceptional players. As far as the result is concerned, I am going to pick Kevin Anderson to win. Anderson has been playing better tennis and with a recent win over Djokovic to lift his confidence, he will be very hard to beat. I am picking Kevin Anderson to win this match and make the semifinals.