Richard Gasquet was the crowd favorite coming into the first match of the French Open playing against Bernard Tomic. Tomic was out for longer times owing to injuries and similarly with Gasquet even he made his entry after returning from injury.
Gasquet’s concern was his serve while coming into the match but it seemed okay once he started playing. Gasquet had a marginal lead of winning against Tomic and that proved to matter once they both played against each other in the first round. It took Richard Gasquet just 90 minutes to outclass Tomic with a 6-2, 6-1 and 7-5 victory.
It was a prediction that both would have to struggle to battle it out in the first matches itself but that did not look to happen. Instead Gasquet proved his mettle in the first round and advanced to the second round. Gasquet from the very beginning was the local hope and he lived up to the expectations of the crowd. Both gave interviews before the start of the match and were equally confident. Gasquet sighted no problems of any kind of injury which was a relief for his fans.
The first match with Tomic witnessed some sheer class and performance with an athlete’s spirit marching like a bull in the red clay. No sign of struggling form or any sort of injury was prevalent. The match was fought with zest and a clear winner had emerged. First round defeat is hard for any player and that was exactly what happened to Tomic as he was dumped by Gasquet unceremoniously after marking its entry with the coveted and prestigious French Open title.
Gasquet showed that he still had the urge to play and could compete even in clay court without any inhibitions.