Gasquet reaches second career final in Toronto; faces defending champ Djokovic
August 11, 2012 · Print This Article
Rogers Cup—Toronto, Canada
No. 14 seed Richard Gasquet reached his second final at the Rogers Cup on Saturday, defeating hard-serving American John Isner 7-6(3), 6-3.
Using his deceptively quick first serve to great effect, Gasquet won 90 percent of his first serve points in the first set, before grabbing the pair’s only break of serve in the second set. Never offering Isner a break point during the one hour and 20 minute contest, Gasquet improved to 15-6 at the event lifetime and 2-1 against Isner in career meetings.
Gasquet, who has no titles on the year but six in total, will take a 1-6 head-to-head deficit against top seed Novak Djokovic on Sunday.
Djokovic overcame a rain-plagued evening semifinal to defeat his Davis Cup teammate Janko Tipsarevic 6-4, 6-1.
Aiming to win his third title of the year and 12th Masters 1000 crown, Djokovic slammed 24 winners and broke serve on three occasions.
The men’s final will take place at 7 PM local time on Sunday.