Gasquet Campaign Ended

Richard Gasquet’s campaign in the Claro Open ended yesterday as he suffered a defeat against Estrella Burgos of Dominican Republic in the Round of 8.

It was a straight set defeat for Gasquet which would have left him embarrassed.

Being the first seeded player, Gasquet was expected to have an easy time against an opponent who is not even in top 90 in the world rankings, but, it turned out to be other way around. It’s actually Burgos who steam rolled through the Frenchman and got the match over in quick time, 65 minutes to be precise.

Gasquet got broken a couple of times in the opening set itself and that disturbed his rhythm completely.

In the second set, the Frenchman seemed to be in control with his serve until the 10th game where he dropped his serve again, for the third time in the match, and that was the end of the proceedings.

Burgos is not a new man around on the tour. He has been there since 2002, but, he hasn’t had too many victories against top players. The 33-year Old is yet to win an ATP title in his career. He has been in the main draw of Grand Slams only twice. So, this win against Gasquet is huge for him.

Meanwhile, Ivo Karlovic of Croatia has made it to the Round of 4 as well in Bogota. He is the second seeded player in the tournament and the reigning champion as well. He is the prime contender for the title now after Gasquet’s departure.

Karlovic and Burgos will not take on each other in the semis though. The former will be up against Radek Stepanek of Czech Republic, while, the latter’s opponent will be Bernard Tomic of Australia.