Gasquet wins title at Nottingham

June 18, 2005 at 5:42 PM
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NOTTINGHAM, England, June 18 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet of France, who turned 19 Saturday, topped Max Mirnyi, 6-2, 6-3, in the final Open at Nottingham, England.

It was the first career title for the fourth-seeded Gasquet, who earned $53,000. The rising young star was playing in his second title match of 2005.

He was beaten by world No. 1 Roger Federer in last month's finale at the Hamburg Masters and was also was runner-up at Metz, France last season.

The 6-foot-5-inch Mirnyi, who was completely outplayed, was appearing in a championship match for the fourth time. It was his first-ever meeting with Gasquet, a grass-court specialist who is considered a threat at Wimbledon.

"It is great for me to prove I can play on the surface," Gasquet said after his win over Mirnyi. "Now I believe I can go a long way at Wimbledon next week."

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