In our fourth instalment of the top ten matches of 2013, we head to Bangkok the Asian swing as Canadian No. 1 Milos Raonic met Richard Gasquet in a rematch of their thrilling five set US Open encounter. This time around, Raonic was able to avenge his fourth round loss and ousted the Frenchman in a fantastic three set clash that was easily the best match of the tournament. Raonic would not only dispatch the defending champion, he would go on to win the title the following day, his second in 2013.
Milos Raonic def. Richard Gasquet 3-6, 7-5, 6-4
The Canadian had a less than stellar start to the semi-final contest as he appeared slow and inconsistent en route to dropping the opening set 6-3 to the Frenchman. The first four games were highly competitive, with both players returning magnificently to the delight of the crowd. Serving at 2-3, Gasquet unleashed a barrage of shots that were rarely seen from the World No. 9 and broke Raonic without the Canadian winning a single point on his own serve. From there the French no. 1 remained in full control of the set and finished with a comfortable 6-3 lead.
The second set was an even tighter affair as both were aggressive in their intent on breaking ahead. Losing the first set did not appear to hamper Raonic and his gameplay during the second set. There was no break of serve for eleven consecutive games before Raonic finally found the opportunity to take the lead and close out the set 7-5.
Raonic took a 4-3 lead in the final set on Saturday as he saved a break point with his 19th ace and won the game with his 20th. Gasquet answered with a strong love game and it appeared we were in for a tiebreaker before Raonic once again broke him to earn victory two games later on the second of three match points.
From then on, the Canadian would go on to earn his second title of the season, when he toppled Tomas Berdych in the finals the following day. His momentum took him to the finals in Tokyo, where a loss to Del Potro in the finals broke a eight match winning streak. While Raonic did not achieve his dream of making the Barclays ATP World Tour Final, he would finish with a year-end ranking of No. 11, a testament to his hard work throughout the season.
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