9/30/12 4:56 PM | Ricky Dimon
Richard Gasquet makes incredibly quick work of Gilles Simon in the Bangkok final on Sunday. It is the seventh title of Gasquet's career.
Richard Gasquet thrashed Gilles Simon 6-2, 6-1 in the final of the Bangkok Open on Sunday afternoon. Gasquet needed a mere one hour and eight minutes to capture his first ATP title since Nice in May of 2010.
Simon had been cruising this week, refusing to drop even a single set and winning no set by anything closer than 6-4. But it all came crashing down in a hurry for the 2009 champion, who did not move as well as he had in previous matches and won fewer than half of the points even when he put his first serve in play.
Gasquet took advantage right from the start, breaking his fellow Frenchman three times in four tries during the opener. The world No. 14 converted all three of his break chances, the last of which came at 5-2 to finish off the set in style.
Simon was equally hopeless in the second. Bangkok's No. 4 seed won only five return points--just as he had in the first--and he once again held serve just once. Gasquet wrapped up the proceedings with ease thanks to a routine hold at 5-1.
"I played against a French player who is also my friend, so of course it's a little bit strange," Gasquet admitted. "But for me it's a title and I've had some tough matches this week, so I'm very happy to win."
The No. 2 seed now owns seven career ATP titles in 17 finals. Simon, meanwhile, still boasts an awesome 10-3 lifetime record in ATP title matches.
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