Gasquet claims Thailand Open title

Sept. 30, 2012 at 7:56 AM
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BANGKOK, Sept. 30 (UPI) -- Richard Gasquet dropped just three games en route to his seventh ATP Title with a victory Sunday over Gilles Simon in the title match at the Thailand Open.

Gasquet, who improved to 6-0 in his career against his French countryman, defeated Simon 6-2, 6-1 in just more than an hour. Gasquet lost serve in the match's first game but ended up winning three-quarters of the points when serving.

He also finished off five of his eight break opportunities while winning more than half (28-of-48) of the points off Simon's serve. That includes taking 61 percent of the points when receiving serve in the first set.

Gasquet won $99,465 along with the title. It was his seventh ATP championship but first since May 2010. He broke a string of losses in his last three finals appearances.

Simon slipped to 1-3 in finals. He had won his last five championship matches, a string that began in the 2009 Thailand Open. He earned $52,390.

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