The 34-year-old Richard Gasquet has claimed his victory against Cecchinato 6-4 6-2 in Dubai Open to record his 550th Tour-level win. The victory came almost after 19 years after his first Rolex Monte-Carlo Masters in April 2002.
During the match, he dropped just two points behind his first serve (27/29). Gasquet has improved his tour-level record with his win against Cecchinato. The former World No. 7 has become the sixth active player to clinch 550 victories after the ‘Top Four’ and Fernando Verdasco and joins them in the exclusive club.
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Richard Gasquet has never-ending achievements
He has earned his first major draw win in Monte-Carlo at 15, in 2002. The Frenchman received a wild card into qualifying and took full advantage of it. After qualifying, he defeated Nikolay Davydenko 6-1, 6-1 without dropping a set.
The winner of the Olympic bronze medal in 2012 in men’s doubles became the youngest player to win an ATP Masters 1000 match, defeating World No. 54 Franco Squillari. He remains the youngest tour-level match-winner since Tommy Ho at 1988 Rye Brook.
In his career, he had defeated the Swiss Maestro with a backhand down the line. Further, Gasquet is best known for his elegant groundstrokes and his one-handed backhand.
Richard Gasquet’s achievements also include his gain in the mixed doubles Grand Slam title at the 2004 French Open, along with Tatiana Golovin. Previously, he aced his 500th tour-level win in Monte-Carlo after conquering Mischa Zverev to reach the quarter-finals that year.
Adding to that, he has been praised highly since the beginning of his career. The French Tennis Magazine has also featured him when he was 9, as the great hope in the future of French tennis. The French player enjoyed his early stages in the sport which led him to the world’s #1 ranking and compiled a 44-7 record in singles.
For the coming third round, the two-time Dubai semi-finalist will face the Polish No. 1 Hubert Hurkacz.
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