Philipp Kohlschreiber vs. Richard Gasquet
|Date & Time||Monday July 29, 2019, 9:00 AM (EDT)|
Tennis Stadium Kitzbühel
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French tennis player Richard Gasquet is set to play at the 2019 ATP Austrian Open. In the first round of the tournament, Richard Gasquet will play against Philipp Kohlschreiber from Germany.
Richard Gasquet enters this tournament in decent form having had a good grass-court season. Gasquet made the semifinals of the Rosmalen Grass Court Championships. The clay courts have been tough of Richard Gasquet in 2019 as he had surgery on his hernia in January. The movement on clay has not been ideal for Richard Gasquet and that is evident by his 50% win rate on this surface in 2019.
Looking at Philipp Kohlschreiber, the German player has not been in good form as he has not won a single match since the French Open. Returning to clay should be a boost for Philipp Kohlschreiber as he played well on this surface prior to the French Open. Kohlschreiber made the quarterfinals of the Bavarian International and the third round of the Italian Open. In general, Philipp Kohlschreiber will be happy with his season as he has beaten the likes of Karen Khachanov and Novak Djokovic in 2019.
The Austrian Open has always been a very strong tournament for Philipp Kohlschreiber. Philipp Kohlschreiber won this tournament in 2017 and 2015. In addition to that, Philipp Kohlschreiber finished second at the Austrian Open in 2012.
Philipp Kohlschreiber and Richard Gasquet have played each other 4 times in the past. As it currently stands, both Gasquet and Kohlschreiber have won on 2 occasions. The most recent match between these two players was in 2014 at ATP Rotterdam where Philipp Kohlschreiber won in straight sets. Richard Gasquet last defeated Philipp Kohlschreiber in 2006.
Richard Gasquet is a hugely accomplished player but the Frenchman has struggled on clay this season. Injuries have hampered Gasquet and he still seems to be struggling to move on clay. In comparison, Philipp Kohlschreiber has been playing well and the German has an outstanding record at this venue. Philipp Kohlschreiber has won this title twice and I see him being too good for Richard Gasquet in this match.