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Gasquet defeats Davidovich and will be Federer’s first rival

Gasquet defeats Davidovich and will be Federer’s first rival

The French Richard Gasquet, in his first game of the year, beat the Spanish Alejandro Davidovich, 7-5 and 7-6 (5), and this Tuesday he will be the rival of the Swiss Roger Federer on his return to the Mutua Madrid Open, after four years.

Operated for an inguinal hernia on January 18, Gasquet has delayed his staging this year to Madrid where he has reached the third round three times. Against Davidovich he ended up very physically touched but in the end his experience ended up prevailing after an hour and 57 minutes of fighting.

Davidovich, a recent semi-finalist in the Estoril tournament, where he left the qualifying phase until reaching the penultimate round against Uruguayan Pablo Cuevas, fought to the limit of his strength on his debut in a Masters 1000 tournament. But he lacked more aggressiveness in the tournament. tiebreaker to force a third set, in which Gasquet could have noticed his lack of matches.

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The Ricón de la Victoria (Málaga) player, junior champion of Wimbledon two years ago, will thus miss playing against Federer in the return of the 20-great champion to clay, after playing his last match in Rome on May 12 of 2016.

Federer has beaten Gasquet 17 of the 19 times they have met. On the only two occasions that the Frenchman won the duel was on gravel: the first of all in 2005 in Monte Carlo and then in Rome in 2011. EFE.

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