Open Sud De France 2013: Breaking Down Richard Gasquet's Road to Championship

Shawn BrubakerContributor IIFebruary 10, 2013

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 21:  Richard Gasquet of France looks on in his fourth round match against Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France during day eight of the 2013 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 21, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)
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Richard Gasquet won the 2013 Open Sud de France in convincing fashion, after dominating Benoit Paire to earn his second singles title of the season. The win culminated an excellent tournament for the Frenchman, who largely cruised through the competition.

Here is a look at how the Frenchman flew through the tournament and to another championship.


Gasquet def. Gael Monfils (6-3, 2-6, 6-3)

Gasquet was lucky enough to draw a first-round bye. In the second round, he found himself taking on fellow Frenchman Gael Monfils, who missed most of 2012 due to injury.

Monfils was not in form early, making multiple unforced errors to lose the first set handily. He rebounded nicely to take the second set, but Gasquet was eventually able to overwhelm Monfils in the third set.

Despite the margin of victory, Gasquet did not start off ideally. Monfils is a quality opponent, but he is still in the process of shaking off the rust caused by a knee injury. Gasquet did, however, do an excellent job of closing out the match in dominant fashion to move on.


Gasquet def. Julien Benneteau (6-1, 4-6, 6-1)

The quarterfinals saw Gasquet start to really get in a groove, as he easily dispatched fellow Frenchman Julien Benneteau.

Throughout the match, Gasquet was able to force Benneteau into off-balance shots from the back of the court. Benneteau was largely unable to connect, as Gasquet breezed into the semifinals.

The only flaw in the performance from Gasquet was another mid-match lapse that saw him drop the middle set yet again. Aside from that blip, Gasquet was excellent.


Gasquet def. Jarkko Nieminen (6-3, 4-6, 6-1)

Another round, another loss of the middle set but another win for Gasquet. The Frenchman defeated Finland's Jarkko Nieminen to move on to the finals, but it was not without a challenge.

The Finn was able to take the second set before Gasquet took over completely in the final set. This was actually promising for Gasquet, though, as he showed again that he is capable of dominating the final set.


Gasquet def. Benoit Paire (6-2, 6-3)

In the finals, Gasquet finally put aside the mid-match lulls and completely dominate his opponent, Benoit Paire.

Paire was playing in his first final in France, and it showed, as he looked rushed and never got into a rhythm.

Gasquet, on the other hand, looked right at home and played his most complete match of the tournament. With a match time of just 69 minutes, Gasquet was able to quickly and relatively easily cruise to his second title of the season and ninth of his career.

Going forward, expect great things from Gasquet, who was No. 10 in the world going into the tournament.