MONTPELLIER, February 7, 2016
Top-seed Richard Gasquet won the third all-French-final of the €520,070 Open Sud de France in Montpellier beating Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5, 6-4 on Sunday.
In the pair’s eighth tour meeting, the world number 10 won 77% of his first service points, converting four of his seven break points to seal victory in one hour and 48 minutes. Gasquet improved his head to head records over Mathieu to 6-2 and captured his third title from four straight finals at the ATP World Tour 250 indoor tournament, including in 2013 (d. Paire) and 2015 (d. Janowicz).
“It was great for me to win another title. I am very proud to win my third title here, because it was a great match against a good friend. He had nothing to lose, so it was great to win,” Gasquet told afterwards, earning €82,450 in prize money as well as 250 ATP ranking points.
Gasquet will be the top-seed at the ABN Amro ATP 500 event in Rotterdam next week, facing with Jeremy Chardy another Frenchman in the first round.
Earlier the day, Mate Pavic and Michael Venus captured their third ATP World Tour team title, and their second trophy of 2016 after winning in Auckland in January. The second seeds defeated Alexander and Mischa Zverev, winning 7-5, 7-6 in one hour and 20 minutes.
“We’ve had a great week here. It’s my first time in Montpellier, everyone has been really helpful. All of the volunteers have done a tremendous job. We really enjoyed it and hope to be back,” Venus told afterwards.