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Alexander Zverev vs Richard Gasquet ATP Montreal Live Stream: Washington champion, Zverev looks to keep up winning ways

Brendan O'Neill in Tennis 9 Aug 2017
Photo by Yann Caradec

Washington champion, Alexander Zverev looks to keep up the momentum as he takes on Frenchman, Richard Gasquet in the second round of the Rogers Cup in Montreal on Wednesday.

Alexander Zverev vs Richard Gasquet ATP Rogers Cup tennis is live from Montreal on Wednesday from 3:30pm local time/ 8:30pm BST Watch and bet on tennis live from Montreal at bet365 > live streaming > tennis



Zverev’s stunning success in Washington kept him at a career-high number 8 in the world rankings for the second successive week, but there is a real opportunity for the German to make more significant gains within the next few weeks, having done virtually nothing around this period last year, when he suffered first round defeats in Canada and Cincinnati, and lost in the second round at the US Open. If he keeps the form he showed in Washington, there is very little chance of him not bettering those performances. 

Zverev actually made a slow start in D.C, but as the tournament went deeper, and the opposition got better, the charismatic German flexed his muscles. Having survived a third set tie break in his opening round against Jordan Thompson, and a tight two-setter against Tennys Sandgren in the second round, Zverev rolled past Daniil Medvedev in the quarter finals, trounced Kei Nishikori in the semi-finals and gave Kevin Anderson no sniff in a clinical performance in the final. He officially remains a NextGen star, but there is absolutely no doubt that the 21-year-old has left his NextGen contemporaries behind.

Of course, it has not been all rosy for the German this season. He lost consecutive opening round matches in Rotterdam and Marseille, and there was also that opening round loss to Fernando Verdasco at Roland Garros just when he was being talked up as a potential challenger (He had just blown away Novak Djokovic in Rome to claim his first Masters 1000 title); but he has done so many great things in 2017 that his shortcomings can be comfortably overlooked. 

Zverev has picked up four titles this year, bagging his first on the indoor hard courts of Montpellier, before winning a couple on the clay of Munich and Rome, and then last week at the ATP 500 meet in Washington. He is yet to really crack it at Grand Slam level, with his best being a fourth round at Wimbledon, while he lost a five-setter to Rafael Nadal at the Australian Open. The general feeling is that it’s just a matter of time before he makes his first significant move at a major.

His immediate focus however is on the Rogers Cup, where he has got a tricky opener against Richard Gasquet. While Zverev seeks his first ever win at the Rogers Cup (He lost to Yen-Hsun Lu in his first appearance at the tournament in 2016), Gasquet is a two-time former finalist at the event, having contested and lost the title match in 2006 and 2012. However, he has not featured in Canada in the last couple of seasons. Gasquet missed the tournament in 2015 because of illness, while a back injury forced him out of last year’s edition.

The Frenchman has again been docked by health problems this season. Gasquet announced in March that he had undergone surgery on his appendix, forcing him out of action for two months, hence missing Masters 1000 events at Indian Wells, Miami and Monte Carlo. Prior to the surgery, he had had a couple of decent results, reaching the final in Montpellier and the last four in Marseille. He returned to play a couple of tournaments at the end of April, but fell to Martin Klizan in the opening round in Barcelona, and lost to Kevin Anderson in the quarter finals in Estoril.

Injuries struck again soon after, as the Frenchman missed the Madrid and Rome Masters because of a back injury, leaving him in no shape whatsoever to prosecute his home Grand Slam at Roland Garros. The 31-year-old managed just two rounds in Paris, before retiring from his third round contest against Gael Monfils with the match poised at 7-6 5-7 4-3 in Monfils’ favour.  

The Frenchman finally enjoyed some joy as the season shifted to grass, making consecutive semi-finals in Halle and Eastbourne, but it all came crashing again at Wimbledon, where he was beaten in the opening round by a previously out-of-form David Ferrer.

Gasquet scored an unconvincing win in his Montreal opener against wildcard, Brayden Schnur, needing over three hours to take down the 22-year-old Canadian. Both men split the first two sets, but the more experienced man pulled away in the decider, winning the last five games in the 7-6 5-7 6-1 victory to set up the meeting with Zverev.

Zverev has a 2-0 record over Gasquet, with both wins coming in 2017. The German scored a 7-6 6-4 victory in the Montpellier final, before recovering from the loss of the first set to beat his French rival in the Halle semi-finals.

Gasquet has got plenty of guile, particularly with his single-handed backhand, but that shot crashes into Zverev’s solid double-hander, and the pace and power of the German’s backhand makes it a difficult shot to target. Beyond that, Zverev has got a lot more going for him- he serves bigger, cracks a bigger forehand, and most importantly, is very high on confidence. The Washington champion should keep up his winning ways on Wednesday. 

Alexander Zverev vs Richard Gasquet is live from Montreal on Wednesday from 3:30pm local time/ 8:30pm BST

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