Gilles Simon vs. Richard Gasquet
|Date & Time||Friday September 21, 2018, 8:00 PM (EDT)|
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Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon meet in the quarterfinals of the 2018 tennis Moselle Open.
Richard Gasquet is coming off a straight sets win over Constant Lestienne that took 18 games to decide. In the victory, Gasquet won 81 percent of his first serve points and 39 percent of his second serve points. Gasquet won 63 percent of his total service points and saved six of his seven break points. Gasquet won six of the final seven points and had great success with his return. It will be interesting to see if Gasquet can put together another winning performance, as he entered this tournament losing five of his last eight matches and really piling up the unforced errors. A deep tournament run here could do wonders for Gasquet and his confidence moving forward, as the 32-year-old is still more than capable of hanging around with the bigger names in the sport. Gasquet has won five of his last seven matches on indoor hard court.
Gilles Simon is coming off a three sets win over Filip Krajinovic that took 34 games to decide. In the victory, Simon won 80 percent of his first serve points and 39 percent of his second serve points. Simon won 66 percent of his total service points and saved seven of his 10 break points. Simon entered this tournament losing five of his last six matches and came off a US Open loss in which he got nothing on his return. Simon looks like a much improved player five sets into this event, which is a good sign for the top-40 player. Simon has a chance to win three matches in a single tournament for the first time since the Wimbledon. Simon has won five of his last eight matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played 10 times and Gasquet has won nine of those matches. The most recent match was in Morocco of this year, a match Gasquet won in straight sets. Simon’s only win over Gasquet came in 2010 challenger play in Sunrise.
Gasquet was not only playing better tennis despite his struggles, but there’s no way you can back Simon here given the history between these two players. Gasquet has owned Simon over the years. Also, despite the two victories for Simon in this tournament, he’s still giving his opponents way too many looks at break points, something Gasquet will take advantage of.
Gasquet reaches the semifinals.