Frenchman Richard Gasquet will be up against Damir Dzumhur in the quarter-final of the 2021 Croatia Open on Thursday, July 22. Get the live streaming options of this Richard Gasquet v Damir Dzumhur match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Richard Gasquet v Damir Dzumhur Head to Head
Gasquet and Dzumhur have played each other just once on the men’s Tour. Their only meeting came at the hard court event in Montpellier, France in 2018. Gasquet (35) prevailed in straight sets in that match and will, thereby, go into the last-eight clash in Umag holding 1-0 head-to-head lead over the 29-year-old Bosnian.
Gasquet Stretched by Giannessi
The veteran Frenchman, though ranked higher, did not find it easy against the 31-year-old Italian. In fact, it was hard to separate the two players for the better part of the opening set in the last-16 clash.
Not overawed by his more accomplished opponent, Giannessi took the attack to Gasquet and none could break the other at the end of the regulation 12 games.
However, it was the Frenchman who had the better of his opponent in the ensuing tiebreak as, bringing his superior experience, temperament and hard-court nous into play, Gasquet ran up a lead over Giannessi and held onto it to eventually win the tiebreak 7-4.
With the opening set in the bag, albeit after surviving a stiff challenge, and the momentum firmly with him, the French star put his foot down on the accelerator in the quest of an early break in the second set. His persistence paid off as the 31-year-old Italian blinked and conceded a crucial break of serve.
There was no looking back for the Frenchman thereafter, as he pressed on with his advantage and eventually closed out a 7-6 (7-4), 6-4 win to reach the quarterfinals.
An interesting piece of match stat that stood out at the end of the contest was that while Gasquet created three breakpoint opportunities and cashed in on one, his Italian opponent couldn’t fashion even a single one.
Dzumhur Blasts Cechhinato in Straight Sets
The other round-of-16 tie turned out to be a stroll for Dzumhur as the burly Bosnian, bringing his best tennis out to the park, made short work of the Italian.
Though both players had an ae apiece against their names, the Bosnian fared significantly better in terms of landing his first and second serves. His superior serving apart, the Bosnian also converted four of his nine breakpoint opportunities while the Italian scored a blank in that aspect.
If the opening set was a cruise for the Bosnian, the second turned out to be even more emphatic as the Italian simply fell away and couldn’t engineer a turnaround of the kind that saw him recover from a mid-match slump against Gasquet at the Swedish Open.
With his confidence dented after losing the opening set 3-6, Cechhinato couldn’t hold off the Bosnian fusillade and fire back with interest as Dzumhur piled on his woes and moved through the gears effortlessly to eventually blitz his way to a 6-3, 6-1 win.
Gasquet v Dzumhur Prediction and Tip
There isn’t much to read into their head-to-head record as they simply haven’t seen enough of each other on court.
Though Gasquet secured a comfortable win in their only previous meeting in his homeland, it would be of little significance in the last-eight showdown as it’s the tennis on the day that counts. If anything, it would light the competitive fire in the Bosnian’s belly and push him to settle scores with the Frenchman.
Though the odds tip Gasquet, expect Dzumhur to make a match of it.