Following a week of entertaining action, the final of the Montpellier Open is scheduled to take place on Sunday afternoon, and will feature two players who last met in the semi-final stage of this very event last year: Richard Gasuqet and Jerzy Janowicz. This marks the fourth time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Gasquet leading the head to head series 2-1.
In a battle between two of the top Frenchman on the tour, Gasquet managed to avenge his earlier loss to Gael Monfils by defeating him in straight sets to advance to the final. Gasquet won the match 6-4, 6-3, which means he will arrive in the final without conceding a set at any point during the week.
“It was a good match,” the Beziers native said. “I knew I had to be solid. I managed to save some break points at 3-3 in the first set. I also played a good second set. I was able to play well when I served for the match and I handled the pressure really well.”
In a tough contest that lasted three sets, Janowicz managed to get past Joao Sousa 7-6(9), 3-6, 6-1. The contest lasted 1 hour and 53 minutes and saw the Polish no. 1 fire 14 aces en route to the victory.
“I’m happy I won this match. I didn’t play my best tennis today,” said Janowicz. “I knew he would be a dangerous opponent. He played very well.
“I was so close to go home during the first match; I saved six match points. So I’m extremely happy to play the final tomorrow.”
This marks the fourth time that these two competitors will meet on the professional tour, with Gasquet leading the series 2-1. Their last encounter took place in the semi-final stage of this tournament last year, which Gasquet won with a pair of tiebreaks. Given that the Pole’s sole victory over the Frenchman took place on clay, there is little doubt that Gasquet will hold the advantage on Sunday.
Prediction: Richard Gasquet in Three Sets