August 10, 2012
Gasquet reels in Fish for Rogers Cup semifinal berth
By DAVE POLLARD, QMI Agency
TORONTO - Richard Gasquet clearly doesn't mind working a little overtime.
Not when a berth in the Rogers Cup semifinals is on the line.
Eleventh-seeded American Mardy Fish, clearly gassed after being pushed to the limit in his first match of the day, let France's Gasquet, the 14th seed, wriggle off the hook and move into the semifinals with a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win Friday at the Rexall Centre.
"I think I was fresher than him," Gasquet said. "For sure, it's tough. I think he played one more hour than me with (Juan) Monaco so it made a little bit (of a) difference. To play two matches in one day is very difficult.
"I saw him get a little bit tired at the start of the second set. First set he played good, I couldn't do (anything). But I tried to fight a lot and then I defended well and I had a good match."
Gasquet posted a big upset win, 6-4, 6-2, over fourth-seeded Tomas Berdych earlier in the day while Fish got past seventh-seed Juan Monaco of Argentina 2-6, 6-1, 6-4.
The 26-year-old, still looking for his first ATP win of the season, struggled in the first set against Fish but then completely took over the match. He reeled off five straight wins to take the second set. Then, after breaking Fish in the opening game of the third, was able to easily close it out.
Gasquet will play hard-serving American John Isner in one semifinal Saturday.
"It's very difficult to play this kind of server," Gasquet admitted. "I'm in the semifinal. (But) I'm feeling confident, I'm sure I can win. It's a big challenge to return these guys. It's not the same way of playing Berdych or Fish, typical players, but I'm sure I can win."
Meanwhile, Janko Tipsarevic first knocked off 10th seeded Marin Cilic 6-2, 6-4 Friday morning at the Rexall Centre and followed that up with a 6-4, 6-4 win over Spaniard Marcel Ganollers following a rain delay that held things up for two and a half hours during the afternoon.
The 28-year-old Serb, ranked ninth on the ATP Tour, will face fellow countryman Novak Djokovic in the other semifinal.