Gasquet completes three-peat

Richard Gasquet won the final of the Open Sud de France by beating Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday.

Gasquet has now won 13 ATP World Tour titles and Sunday’s victory was his first since May of last year.

Mathieu stormed into a 3-0 lead at the start of the pair’s eighth meeting, but Gasquet regrouped and recovered to get back on level terms at 3-3.

Mathieu saved two break points in a 12-point seventh game and then broke Gasquet to earn the opportunity to serve for the set at 5-4.

However, the biggest moment of the final followed as Gasquet went onto win 15 of the next 18 points. The momentum shifted in Gasquet’s favour and he claimed the first set in 55 minutes.

Gasquet broke in the first game of the second set and it was relatively straight forward from there as he wrapped up the match at the first time of asking when Mathieu sent a backhand long.

“[Mathieu] hit the ball hard, at the beginning I could not compete but then I served much better,” said Gasquet, now a four times winner in Montpellier after titles in 2006, 2013 and 2015.

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