An intriguing second round match-up is scheduled to take place between France’s Richard Gasquet and surging Argentine Carlos Berlocq. This marks the first time these two competitors cross paths on the professional tour, and should make for an entertaining clash of styles.
Richard Gasquet picked up his 100th clay court win on the ATP World Tour in his opening round match at the 2014 French Open. The 11th seed defeated Australia’s Bernard Tomic 6-2, 6-1, 7-5 in a match that lasted a total of one hour and 37 minutes.
While Gasquet’s victory shows promising signs for his overall recovery, he did admit to some pain post-match.
“I have some muscle pains after the match, but it’s nothing like what it was two weeks ago,” admitted Gasquet. “I was able to play and that already, in itself, was good news because I have been through some very difficult times. I have no special objective here, except to play matches with good feelings and no pain.”
World No. 47 Carlos Berlocq continued his impressive run on clay this season in Paris, as he began his potential fortnight stay with an upset victory over Australian No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt. The Argentine rallied from a set down to win 3-6, 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 and set up a second round match-up with Gasquet.
This marks the first time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour. While Gasquet would generally be a lofty favourite against Carlos Berlocq, his injury and “pain” puts an asterix besides his name. An upset would not be shocking here.
Prediction: Carlos Berlocq in Five Sets