(October 20, 2013) No. 1 seed Richard Gasquet captured his 10 career title surviving qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin 4-6, 6-4, 6-4 in the final of the Kremlin Cup. For the Frenchman it’s his third title of 2013.
World No. 18. Simona Halep won her the fifth title of this year and her career by upsetting Samantha Stosur 7-6 (1), 6-2 in the women’s final in Moscow.
“It’s an incredible year for me and I enjoy every moment of it,” said Halep whose ranking is expected to rise to a career-high No. 15.
“It was nice, all the people who were supporting me, and supporting us – I want to thank them for all of their support. Maybe Sam was tired because she won in Osaka last week, and after Asia I had about 10 days of break because I had a right shoulder injury. But I recovered well from that, and now I feel good, and my game was very good this week. Maybe I was just a little bit fresher today.”
With Gasquet’s win he has moved to the ninth position in the ATP Race to the London, the ATP World Tour Finals. The top 8 players will play in the ATP year-ender. The 27-year-old Frenchman is btrying to qualify for the Barclays ATP World Tour Finals for the first time since 2007.
“I’ll try my best to qualify,” Gasquet said. “Two big tournaments are coming up, including [the ATP World Tour Masters 1000] in Paris. I’ll try my best. I was close to losing today. But I fought a lot. It’s important for me to qualify for it. But the title here is important for me because my opponent played very well.
“He won a lot matches recently and won Challengers. He won seven matches here. He won against big players. For sure, I knew it would be tough because his shots are flat and very strong and he doesn’t miss much and serves well. I knew it would be a big fight for me if I wanted to win. It is a big win for me to win in three sets.”