ATP GENEVA – Richard Gasquet offers himself Daniil Medvedev a few days from Roland-Garros

Ideal preparation for Roland-Garros? Richard Gasquet offered himself a big fish this Tuesday in the round of 16 of the ATP in Geneva. The French beat the world No.2, Daniil Medvedev, who was returning from injury, in straight sets (6-2, 7-6 (7/5)). Medvedev underwent hernia surgery last April. He had not played since the end of March during his quarter-final in Miami and was playing his first match of the season on clay, his worst surface.

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It’s never been easy for me to play well on clay from the start.“, had warned the 26-year-old champion on Sunday evening, before the tournament, lacking in rhythm. Gasquet, world N.75, had not beaten one of the two best players in the world since his victory against Roger Federer in 2005 out of 38 The 35-year-old Frenchman also signs his second victory over the Russian in four matches after Montpellier in 2018 in the round of 32. For the Russian’s entry into the tournament, Gasquet took the lead in the middle of the first set by winning four games in a row to conclude the round (6-2).

Daniil Medvedev was then suffocated by the pace of the Biterrois at the start of the second set but managed to make another late break. The two men fought until the tie-break won by Gasquet. He is the second Frenchman to beat Daniil Medvedev this season, after Gaël Monfils, absent from Roland-Garros this year, who had offered himself a prestigious victory against the Russian, then world No.1, in Indian Wells mid-March. Richard Gasquet will face the Polish Kamil Majchrzak in the quarter-finals.

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