Shanghai Masters 2018: 4 admirable displays in a losing cause
- We look at 4 admirable displays by unseeded players in a losing cause in the 2018 Shanghai Masters.
#3. Richard Gasquet v Juan Martin del Potro
Richard Gasquet was one of our 5 unseeded players to watch out for in the Shanghai Masters. He proved why in the first round, getting through after being a set down. In the next round though, he had to face a much tougher opponent in del Potro. The match got off to a good start for the Frenchman as he broke serve straight away, and was serving for the set in Game 10. But, it was not to be as delPo found his mojo, winning 3 straight games to grab the set.
The second set was played on serve without a single break point. Gasquet was put under pressure in the 8th game trailing 15-30 but he won it eventually after a couple of deuces. He returned the favour in the very next game but couldn't break. The tiebreaker was where Richard almost took the game away as he raced to a 6-2 lead. But, his opponent came back with brute force to take it 9-7 and win the match.Published 17 Oct 2018, 20:20 IST