Richard Gasquet and Gilles Simon square off for the 10th time as the former top 10 stars clash in the first round of the Open Sud de France in Montpellier on Wednesday.
Richard Gasquet ?? vs Gilles Simon ?? Match Info
Date: Wednesday February 5
Tournament: Open Sud de France, Montpellier, R1
Court: Patrice Dominguez
Time: 3.30pm local time (2.30pm GMT)
Richard Gasquet vs Gilles Simon Head-to-Head
Gasquet leads 8-1
2018 | Metz QF | Simon 7-6(4) 6-2
2018 | Marrakech QF | Gasquet 6-2 7-6(4)
2016 | Shanghai R16 | Gasquet 7-5 6-7(5) 6-3
2012 | Bangkok final | Gasquet 6-2 6-1
2011 | Dubai QF | Gasquet 5-7 6-2 6-4
2009 | Sydney R16 | Gasquet 6-4 6-4
2008 | Wimbledon R32 | Gasquet 6-3 6-3 6-7(3) 6-3
2006 | US Open R64 | Gasquet 6-0 6-2 6-3
2006 | Nottingham QF | Gasquet 6-3 6-1
Richard Gasquet vs Gilles Simon Match Preview
Gasquet has beaten Simon in eight of their previous nine meetings, but he’s playing his first match of the season and did lose their last meeting back in 2018.
In saying that, Gasquet has the most successful record in Open Sud de France history when the tournament has been played in Montpellier, compiling a 24-5 win-loss record with three titles in 2013, 2015 and 2016, while he also finished runner-up in 2017 and 2018.
However, Gasquet will do well to add a fourth Montpellier title to his trophy cabinet this week after missing the first month of the season due to a knee injury that also sidelined him from the Davis Cup Finals in November.
A former World No. 7 and three-time Grand Slam semi-finalist, along with reaching three Masters 1000 finals, Gasquet has had an extremely solid career since bursting onto the scene as a 15-year-old prodigy in 2002 and beating Roger Federer in Monte-Carlo three years later.
It’s safe to say Gasquet hasn’t lived up to the unfair hype since that triumph (he’s never won a title above 250 level), but he was a consistent member of the top 20 for over a decade before injuries started taking their toll.
Gasquet’s 2019 season didn’t start until May after he underwent groin surgery, but he climbed up the rankings to a current mark of No. 58 after reaching his first Masters 1000 semi-final since 2013 in Cincinnati, while he was also a semi-finalist in s-Hertogenbosch. Can he get his 2020 season up and running with a win in Montpellier?
Simon doesn’t have the best record in Montpellier, going 7-8 throughout his career, with his best coming in 2012 when he made the semi-finals, while he was also a quarter-finalist in 2010, 2012 and 2015. The 35-year-old lost his opening match in Montpellier last season to eventual champion Jo-Wilfried Tsonga.
Like his countryman, Simon was also a former top 10 player, peaking at No. 6 in the world after reaching the Madrid Masters final at the end of 2008 and the Australian Open quarter-finals in 2009. Since then, Simon has maintained a consistent presence near the top of the game, ending the season inside the top 20 on six occasions. The Frenchman’s highlights in 2019 included finishing runner-up at Queen’s Club and making semi-finals in Pune, Sydney and Marrakech, while he was also a quarter-finalist in Marseille, Eastbourne and Antwerp.
Simon has had the most convincing of starts to 2020, winning his lone ATP Cup for France (where he was team captain) against Lloyd Harris, but losing in the opening round of Adelaide to Jeremy Chardy and the second round of the Australian Open to Nick Kyrgios.
Richard Gasquet vs Gilles Simon Prediction
As mentioned, these two have played nine times before at tour-level, with Gasquet winning eight of them. Both players like defending from the baseline and forcing errors from their opponent, but Gasquet has that extra bit of flair that has enabled him to find something extra more times than not in this match-up. It’s his first match of the season, but his dominance against Simon throughout their careers can’t be ignored.