Richard Gasquet has won the 29th edition of the Libéma Open. The second seed defeated his good friend Jeremy Chardy, 6-3 7-6(5), to win his 15th ATP title.
The 31-year-old player, who is blessed with a velvet single-handed backhand, competed for the fourth time against his compatriot this year. Chardy won nine matches on grass in a row before this final. He was in good form.
One break in the first set was enough for Gasquet, but in the second set two-time Wimbledon semi-finalist had more trouble with Charday. Finally a tiebreack had to decide the winner: Gasquet, 7-5.
Gasquet’s last title on grass dates from 2006 (Nottingham). Ten years ago he played for the first time in Rosmalen.