Kyle Edmund vs. Richard Gasquet
|Date & Time||Saturday October 20, 2018, 11:00 AM (EDT)|
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Richard Gasquet and Kyle Edmund meet in the semifinals of the 2018 tennis European Open.
Richard Gasquet is coming off a three sets win over Jan-Lennard Struff that took 36 games to decide. In the victory, Gasquet won 79 percent of his first serve points and 57 percent of his second serve points. Gasquet won 71 percent of his total service points and produced three breaks on five break points. Gasquet was able to push through a near two and a half hour match that included a tie third set tiebreak that lasted 20 points. Gasquet has produced 23 aces in this tournament and has won seven of his last 10 matches because of his improved serve. Each of Gasquet’s last three victories have gone the distance and he’s played a combined 64 games this tournament. Gasquet has a chance to make his fourth final appearance of the year and his 32nd final appearance of his career. Gasquet has won five of his last six matches on indoor hard court.
Kyle Edmund is coming off a walkover win over Ilya Ivashka. Edmund gets a free pass into the semifinals, so he’s played less than an hour of tennis to get to this point in the tournament. That’s a huge advantage for the 23-year-old Edmund, who played one of his better matches in recent memory against Albert Ramos-Vinolas. Edmund has now won nine of his last 11 matches overall and has to be quite confident given his current form and the serious rest advantage he has over his older opponent. Edmund has a chance to make his second career final appearance and first since this years Grand Prix Hassan II back in April. Edmund has won four of his last five matches on indoor hard court.
These two have played three times and Edmund has won two of those matches. The most recent meeting was in Casablanca of this year, a match Edmund won in straight sets. However, Gasquet’s only victory over Edmund came in the 2016 European Open.
Gasquet is playing some of his best tennis of the season right now and has had success against Edmund on hard court. The problem is Edmund thrives on this surface, played one of his better matches the last time we saw him and is as fresh as a player can be at this point in the tournament / season. Edmund has played less than an hour of tennis to get here.
Give me Edmund to reach his second career final.