Frenchman Richard Gasquet has registered three wins on the trot for the first time in 2020, having defeated Salvatore Caruso in the Sofia Open quarterfinals on Thursday. His reward is a semifinal showdown against the big-hitting Vasek Pospisil on Friday. Gasquet’s run in Sofia has been thoroughly impressive so far; the Frenchman has won all of his matches in straight sets. He has been producing serving masterclasses all week, having been broken just twice in the tournament.
The 34-year-old has found some much-needed form towards the closing stages of the 2020 season. Now, he is just one win away from making his first final appearance since July 2018, where he reached the Swedish Open title match.
Although, Gasquet is yet to face a player of Vasek Pospisil’s quality this week. The Canadian has a strong reputation on indoor hardcourts, and he has been living up to that so far in Sofia. Pospisil inflicted a crushing 6-3, 6-2 defeat upon the newly crowned Astana champion John Millman on Thursday. Despite being a well-rounded and experienced player himself, the Australian was left flat-footed by Pospisil’s monstrous power and shot-making range. Vasek Pospisil leads Richard Gasquet 3-2 in the head-to-head, with all of their matches taking place on hardcourt.
Richard Gasquet likes to play the role of the aggressor in his matches, but that would be a tall order against the power that Vasek Pospisil possesses. The Canadian’s groundstrokes have been finding a lot of penetration lately, which has made it very difficult for his opponents to put him on the backfoot. Both players have been quite prolific on serve this week, and it wouldn’t be surprising if we see a tiebreaker or two.
Prediction: Gasquet to win in three sets.