Richard Gasquet is out of the race for the year-end championships, but that didn’t stop him from collecting the European Open in Antwerp, Belgium on Sunday. The No. 3 seed stopping unseeded Diego Schwartzman 7-6(4), 6-1 in the final.
It was his 14th career title and second of 2016 after Montpellier in February.
“It was a tough match, especially in the first set when I was leading 5-4, 40-love on my serve [and lost serve],” said Gasquet. “It was important for me to win the tiebreak and I took a lot of confidence into the second set. It was a great match for me and I was the favorite to win, so it’s important for me.”
Schwartzman in the semifinals dealt a blow to the year-end qualifying hopes of David Goffin, fighting off two match points with Goffin serving to win 7-5, 2-6, 7-5.
“I am happy because the week was really good for me,” said Schwartzman, who fell to 1-1 in career finals. “I played a great first set and fought back. The tiebreak was really close. Richard improved a lot in the second set and played really well. It’s my second final of the year and my first on indoor hard courts. I’ve improved a lot. It’s really nice for me. I stayed focused.”
Gasquet improved to 14-13 in career finals.
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