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du Tuesday 29 Octobre 2019 at 19h00 au Tuesday 29 Octobre 2019 at 20h30
ROLEX PARIS MASTERS From October 31th to November 8th, 2020
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Richard Gasquet started his 12th Paris Masters campaigns with a surprisingly comfortable win over Denis Shapovalov.

 

 

Richard Gasquet provided a treat for the home fans in the evening session on the opening Monday, prevailing in the battle of the beautiful backhands with the young Canadian Denis Shapovalov to set up a meeting with the Rolex Paris Masters defending champion Jack Sock in the second round.

 

A match between two players separated by just one place in the world rankings always looked as if it should be one for the connoisseurs yet it fell, curiously, a little flat thanks to the uneven performance from 19-year-old Shapovalov, the youngest man in the main draw.

He mixed up some brilliance with a whole host of careless mistakes and while taking command early in both sets, could not sustain his compelling best, serving up 10 double faults amid his 34 unforced errors in a 6-4 7-6(3) defeat. 

 

With that sort of wastefulness, he was never likely to tame an old stager like world No.28 Gasquet, 13 years his senior, who made just eight errors in comparison over the course of the 99-minute contest.

The Frenchman’s signature one-handed backhand, which remains a thing of beauty, was also written with more of an accurate flourish than Shapovalov’s in their first-ever duel.

The youngster raced into a 3-0 lead in the opening set only to lose the next five games amid a strange mix of uncertainty and profligacy and this was somewhat mirrored in the second when he was 4-1 up before letting the Frenchman off the hook again.

 

Shapovalov then played a typical gung-ho tiebreak, going for the lines but largely missing them as Gasquet took a 4-0 lead that he was never about to relinquish.

Next up for Gasquet, who could do with a big week to reinforce his hopes of playing in the Davis Cup final, will be a meeting with Sock, who beat him in a close three-setter at the Rolex Paris Masters two years ago.

 

 

 

The young ones strike back through Tiafoe

 

After the teenagers Alex de Minaur and Denis Shapovalov were despatched by thirty-something veterans in the shape, respectively, of Feliciano Lopez and Richard Gasquet, it needed Frances Tiafoe to strike a blow for the youthful brigade when the exciting 20-year-old prospect ended Nicolas Mahut’s romantic run on Court Central.

 

The young American, making his Rolex Paris Masters debut, proved mightily impressive, running away with a first set tie-break 7-1 and then going on to dominate his 36-year-old opponent, who had hoped to down a third American ranked over 100 places higher than him in the space of three days after his qualifying heroics.

 

Tiafoe was having none of such a fanciful idea, reeling off the final five games to run away with the second set 6-2, ending with 33 winners and just 10 unforced errors to set up an attractive-looking second round match with No.4 seed Sascha Zverev next .

 

 

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