Gasquet claims inaugural Antwerp crown

By Alex Fisher 23 October 2016 55
Gasquet claims inaugural Antwerp crown

Richard Gasquet collected his second title of 2016 with a comfortable straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman at the European Open.

For the second consecutive ATP season the Frenchman has secured two tournament successes and after a tight opening set he cruised to a 7-6 (7-4) 6-1 triumph.

A break in the fifth game of the match gave Gasquet an early opening in the final but he was unable to see it out easily, wasting three set points at 5-4.

Schwartzman - who had disposed of three seeds on his way to Sunday's showpiece - battled back and, having broken his rival, managed to force a tie-break.

In the breaker it was Gasquet who prevailed and he did not look back, Schwartzman able to hold his first service game of the second set before losing five in a row.

It fell to Gasquet to serve out for the match and he showed no signs of nerves with a game to love to become the inaugural champion in Antwerp.

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