Gasquet wins Mumbai Open

Updated: 03 October 2007 07:34 IST

Top seed Richard Gasquet of France dished out a clinical display to win the Kingfisher Airlines Mumbai Tennis Open on Sunday.

Gasquet wins Mumbai Open

Mumbai:

Top seed Richard Gasquet of France dished out a clinical display to whip eighth seed Olivier Rochus of Belgium in straight sets to clinch the singles crown in the $4,16,000 Kingfisher Airlines Mumbai Tennis Open on Sunday.

World no 14 and Wimbledon semi-finalist Gasquet, carried his devastating form right through the tournament into the title-contest to carve out an impressive 6-3, 6-4 victory over his 66th-ranked rival in one hour, 25 minutes.

The 21-year-old Gasquet, nicknamed "Baby Federer", took home $65,850 and 175 ATP points for his superb run in the tournament which ended with his fifth career title and first this year after having lost in the final at Estoril in Portugal in May against Serb Novak Djokovic.

The French number one pounded in powerful serves, won 85 per cent of his first serve points, hit fluently on both forehand and backhand, especially the latter, and broke his rival once in the opening set and twice in the second to run away clear winner.

Gasquet broke Rochus playing his sixth ATP final in the second game of the first set to take a 2-0 lead and maintained the advantage to eventually clinch it in three minutes.

It has been a breakthrough year for the French youngster having moved into the top ten after his Wimbledon heroics and staying there for five weeks before dropping out.

He showed how good he's right through the event by getting his way past F Fognini (Italy), sixth seed Stefan Koubek (Austria) and veteran compatriot Fabrice Santoro to reach his second final this year.



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