Gasquet wins Thailand Open 2012, beats Simon in final

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Richard Gasquet continued his dominance over fellow Frenchman Gilles Simon, taking the Bangkok final in straight sets, 6-2 6-1. It is his seventh ATP title and first on an indoor hard court. Simon falls to 1-6 against Gasquet, with his record in finals falling to a still very impressive 10-3.

Gasquet had started slowly and it looked like Simon would have a good chance at improving his woeful record against his opponent after he started with an early break thanks to some sloppy play from Gasquet. He failed to kick on though and it would be mostly Gasquet from then on. An immediate break back tied it up at 1-1 before the pair traded comfortable holds for 2-2. On the way to breaking twice for the set, Gasquet won the next four games for the loss of just two points, both on the Simon serve.

It wouldn’t get any better in the second set for Simon as Gasquet continued to dominate, threatening the serve of his opponent every single time. Gasquet would get to 30-30 first time round but Simon would stay solid in the game to hold for the last time in the match. As with both times late in the first set he would be broken to 15 as Gasquet began to pull away. After a service game lasting four deuces, he would squander three break points but take the fourth for a double break lead and the opportunity to serve out the match.

A huge return of serve winner from Simon saw him save the second of three match points but he could do very little about the third as a big serve set up the backhand winner into the open court which Gasquet would put away emphatically to take the title.

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