Weekly recap: Zverev and Dimitrov win titles
- Author: Angelo Rivera Feb 14, 2017,
Feb 14, 2017, 0:13
Gasquet has become accustomed to success in Montpellier, winning the title on home soil in three of the last four years, but teenager Zverev dethroned the classy Frenchman with a 7-6 (7-4) 6-3 success on Sunday.
Two-time defending champion Richard Gasquet fought off a stiff challenge from Kenny De Schepper, outlasting his countryman 6-2, 5-7, 6-4.
The 19-year-old is the first player to win a singles and doubles title at the same tournament since Lleyton Hewitt achieved that feat at Newport three years ago.
Zverev's first title came in September when he overcame three-time grand slam champion Stan Wawrinka to win the St Petersburg Open in Russian Federation. The indoor showpiece has former US Open victor Marin Cilic as top seed, with the 2014 finalist starting the latest edition against quirky Frenchman Benoit Paire on Tuesday.
Tsonga will fancy his chances of claiming a first title since 2015 following an ominous display in which he did not face a solitary break point and will now face Alexander Zverev, who ensured there will be one non-French player in the semifinal by ousting Jeremy Chardy.
He still had enough energy left to join his brother for the doubles final, beating Fabrice Martin and Daniel Nestor 6-4, 6-7 (3), 10-7.
The Frenchman and world number 14 required only one hour and seven minutes to secure victory, and next meets Germany's Alexander Zverev. "We only dropped one set".