(November 9, 2013) LONDON – After what had perhaps been a lackluster performance for the Frenchman at the World Tour Finals, Richard Gasquet put up a fight in his final round robin match at the ATP World Tour Finals on Saturday.
Facing defending champion and Wolrd No. 2 Novak Djokovic, who had already qualified for Sunday’s semi-finals, started quickly establishing a break, but Gasquet dug in to force a tie-break for the first set, but was edged out by Djokovic.
It did not deter the Frenchman, who worked hard to swing the momentum his way perhaps surprising the Serbian, who would have been hoping for an easier match ahead of his semi-final.
Djokovic quickly imposed himself on the deciding set, and once he had established a quick break, he never looked in danger of being caught, as Gasquet leaves London with perhaps a disappointing 0-3 record having worked so hard to qualify this year. Victory to Djokovic 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3
There are plenty of positives for the Frenchman to take away though – he started and finished this season well, as well as reaching the US Open semi-final for the first time. It should provide him a useful platform for 2014.
Gasquet found out on Friday that his coach Riccardo Piatti resigned without giving notice. Gasquet will work with part-time coach Sebastien Grosjean until he finds a new coach.
Djokovic now heads into the semi-final on Sunday on a 20-match winning streak, when he faces Stanislas Wawrinka.
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Singles – Group B Round Robin
 N Djokovic (SRB) d  R Gasquet (FRA) 76(5) 46 63
 R Federer (SUI) d  J del Potro (ARG) 46 76(2) 75
Doubles – Group A Round Robin
 B Bryan (USA) / M Bryan (USA) d  M Fyrstenberg (POL) / M Matkowski (POL) 46 63 10-5
 I Dodig (CRO) / M Melo (BRA) d  A Qureshi (PAK) / J Rojer (NED) 75 36 11-9