One of the more intriguing first-round matches at the Gerry Weber Open is between France’s Richard Gasquet and Robin Haase, who will cross paths on the professional tour for the third time in their careers. Gasquet leads the head-to-head series 2-0, both of which took place in the 2012 season.
After missing the entire clay court warm-up up season ahead of Roland Garros, Richard Gasquet surprised many when he was ale to reach the third round in Paris before losing to Fernando Verdaco in straight sets. Considering his back injury that had debilitated him for the past few months, his performance in Paris was a promising sign for his recovery. Now, the Frenchman will focus his attention on the grass-court portion of the season.
Unlike his French opponent, Dutch native Robin Haase played quite a few tournaments on clay, including a Challenger event after the French Open. Starting with his appearance in Bucharest, Haase went 3-5 on the ATP World Tour, and 1-1 on the Challenger circuit. He will be looking to improve upon that on the grass, but has been dealt a tough competitor in his opening match in London.
This marks the third time these two competitors will cross paths on the professional tour, and the first time at Queen’s Club. Gasquet leads the series 2-0, with the easier of the two wins taking place at the Aegon Championships in the form of a comfortable 6-3, 6-3 win in the opening round. It will be interesting to see if history will repeat itself on this particular occasion, as Gasquet is a more qualified grass court competitor, yet his recovering injury makes him a less certain pick this time around.
Prediction: Richard Gasquet in Three Sets