Gasquet Earns 550th Career Win In Dubai
Richard Gasquet was only 15 when he became the youngest match winner in ATP Tour history (since 1990) with his first tour-level win at the 2002 Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters. The Frenchman reached another milestone on Monday at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, when he defeated Marco Cecchinato 6-4, 6-2 to record his 550th tour-level win.
Gasquet dropped just two points behind his first serve (27/29) to become only the sixth active player to clinch 550 victories. The former World No. 7 joins the Big Four and Fernando Verdasco in the exclusive club.
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Gasquet, a 15-time ATP Tour titlist, improved his tour-level record to 550-331 with his win against Cecchinato. The two-time Dubai semi-finalist (2009, ’11) will face 13th seed Hubert Hurkacz for a spot in the third round.
“I am feeling great here,” Gasquet said in an on-court interview. “I know this court well. I played well [here] last year. It is a fast court. I like to play on it. It is important to serve well and it was a great match. I started well, feeling confident and winning the first set and then I played better in the second set.”
Gasquet was not the only French winner on Monday. Jeremy Chardy recovered from a set down to eliminate ninth seed Alex de Minaur 2-6, 6-3, 6-4. The Frenchman created two break points throughout the match and converted both of those opportunities to record his ninth victory of 2021 (9-5).
“I’ve played good since the beginning of the year,” said Chardy. “It is always easier to play when you are confident… If you play a bad set, it is never finished. I stayed focused and tried to find a solution.”
Marton Fucsovics came from a set down to beat Vasek Pospisil 2-6, 7-5, 6-4. The Hungarian, who reached his first ATP 500 final earlier this month at the ABN AMRO World Tennis Tournament in Rotterdam (l. to Rublev), will meet sixth seed Pablo Carreno Busta in the second round.
Lloyd Harris and Emil Ruusuvuori also booked second-round encounters against seeded opposition. Harris rallied from a set down to overcome Aussie Christopher O’Connell 6-7(5), 6-4, 6-1, while Ruusuvuori beat Jordan Thompson 6-3, 7-6(5). In the second round, Harris will meet top seed Dominic Thiem and Ruusuvuori will take on second seed Andrey Rublev.