(February 8, 2015) Richard Gasquet won his third Open Sud de France title when Jerzy Janowicz retired ill while trailing 3-0 after losing 14 straight points in the first set on Sunday in Montpellier. It’s Gasquet’s 11th career title and first since 2013.
“I’m extremely disappointed because I felt pretty OK the whole week,” said Pole. “I saved six match points in the first round and after that I played pretty good tennis. Two days ago, I got sick. I haven’t slept in almost two days. I had a fever and the flu and I’m so weak. There was not much that I could do today.”
“I knew he was sick when we were warming up, said the Frenchman. “I saw very quickly at the beginning of the match that he couldn’t play at all. Anything can happen, so even though I knew he was sick, I stayed focused. I had a great week, with solid matches. It’s good for the rest of the season. I felt that I played well this week. I feel 100 per cent and ready for the season.”
The 28-year-old former World No. 7 is now 20-6 at the Sud de France and now 8-2 for the 2015.