By Chris Oddo/ Saturday, October 19, 2013
Richard Gasquet can pass Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the race to London with a title at the Kremlin Cup on Sunday.
Photo Source: Kremlin Cup
Richard Gasquet and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga are engaging in their own personal race to reach next month's Barclays ATP World Tour Finals in London. On Saturday, Gasquet made a big move.
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While Tsonga was being upset by Dutchmen Robin Haase in Vienna, Gasquet shut down Ivo Karlovic, 6-4, 7-5, to reach the Kremlin Cup final in Moscow. Gasquet saved the only break point he faced and broke the hard-serving Croatian once in each set to prevail in one hour and eleven minutes.
Gasquet reaches his 20th career final and third of the season with the win, and he also pushes his record on the season to 47-18, leaving him just two wins shy of his career-best total of 49 wins, reached in 2007 when he went 49-24.
Tsonga, who had hopes of passing Stan Wawrinka and Roger Federer with a title in Vienna, dropped a 7-5, 7-6(4) decision to Haase. The Dutchman saved five of seven break points, and will bid for his third title on Austrian soil in three years (he won the Kitzbuhel title on clay in 2011 and 2012).
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Haase will bid for the title against the ageless Tommy Haas, who dispatched Lukas Rosol, blanking the Czech in a third-set tiebreaker to reach his 27th career final.
In Moscow, Gasquet will face surprise finalist Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan for the title on Sunday. The 25-year-old defeated Andreas Seppi on Saturday, and will bid to become the second qualifier in the 23-year history of the event to win the title. Paul-Henri Mathieu came from qualifying to win the title in 2002.
Gasquet will bid to leapfrog Tsonga in the ATP race to London on Sunday, as a title in Moscow will give him a 65-point edge over Tsonga.