A compelling berth between Tomas Berdych and Richard Gasquet will take part in the second round of the Shanghai Rolex Masters. Berdych and Gasquet have crossed paths on nine previous occasions over an eight-year period, with the Frenchman leading the head to head series 6-3.
While he reached the final of the China Open last week in Beijing, Tomas Berdych suffered a devastating defeat at the hands of world No. 1 Novak Djokovic on Sunday afternoon. He would lose to the top seed in straight sets 6-0, 6-2 and was close to losing a double bagel to the Serb. Berdych fell to 2-16 against Djokovic, who moved to 24-0 in Beijing.
“I just said to my coach now that I probably played over 700 matches in my career, and I met guys like Andre, Roger, all those probably in their best times. But I have never, ever experienced anything like that.”
Following several poor weeks on the tour that included a first-round loss to Rafael Nadal last week in Beijing, France’s Richard Gasquet reached the second round in Shanghai with a 7-6(7), 6-2 win against Jeremy Chardy. Gasquet struck 6 aces, won 73% of his first serve points and converted on 3 of 6 break points to close out the win in 89 minutes.
This marks the ninth time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Gasquet leading the head-to-head series 6-3. Gasquet also leads the series 4-2 on hard courts but will be facing an uphill battle against the Czech No. 1 , wo will be looking to redeem himself following a difficult loss in Beijing.
Prediction: Tomas Berdych in Three Sets