(January 5, 2013) Richard Gasquet came back from a set and 2-4 down to win the Qatar Open over beat Nikolay Davydenko 3-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3 for his eighth career title on Saturday.
“I’m really happy with the way I won,” he said. “I’m confident. When you’re winning a tournament like that, it’s perfect. I played a lot, so for sure I will be ready for Melbourne.
“I’m really happy with the way I played and fought. He was playing fast in the first set. I just try to keep focused and to fight a lot, and I did it. I’m really happy with the way I won. It’s important for me to win the final.
“I think I was a little bit fresher than him in the third set, but he was playing so fast [that] he could break me in the second game in the third [set], so [anything] could happen. He could win, too. We were so close together, so it was a big match, a big fight.”
Davydenko had to call for a medical time out in the third set for treatment on his hip.
“I tried to concentrate, but I did some mistakes and already it was tough,” the Russian said. The third set, again [I was] trying, but my legs [were} not moving good. He played very well. Physically, he was much better.”
“It’s a big success for me,” Gasquet said to the crowd after the match. “I fought a lot because it was very tough and we were both tired. He is so talented and he plays so fast. It was tough for my game, but I managed to win. A lot of good players have won here, Federer, Murray.”
On Friday, Gasquet pulled out of the Sydney tennis tournament because of elbow issues. The Frenchman said that he’ll be ready for the Australian Open.