Richard Gasquet needed two sets to defeat John Isner in Toronto semifinals and will confront Novak Djokovic in 2012 Rogers Cup grand finale.
Fourteenth seed French Gasquet has entered his second Toronto Masters final after 2006. Following his 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 victory over eleventh-seeded American Mardy Fish in quarterfinals, the 26-years old was facing yet another US player Isner in semis.
In his previous match Isner beat a surprise quarterfinalist Milos Raonic who was supposed to play Murray in third round, but was given a walkover due to Olympic winner’s knee problems. Isner took his chance against the lower ranked opponent and progressed into the semifinals with a 7-6 (9), 6-4 win.
Isner was better than Gasquet in their last head-to-head encounter two years ago, so it was a revenge time for the French as he grabbed a 7-6 (3), 6-3 victory. As both of the players held on to their serves successfully, the first set was to be decided in a tie-break. Gasquet continued to serve superbly and with a bit of luck on his side, he ultimately took a lead in the match. World No. 21’s service record remained spotless in the following set, too. He thus only needed to take his adversary’s serve once in order to pave his way to the final of this prestigious Masters event, where he will face Serb Novak Djokovic.
Top seed Djoker will try to heal his recent Olympic wounds by completing a treble of his Toronto Masters trophies. On the other hand, Gasquet has a chance to get his seventh ATP title.