2014 Aegon International

Gasquet books semi spot

Richard Gasquet (left) congratulated by Martin Klizan

Richard Gasquet raced past Slovak Martin Klizan 6-3 6-4 to reach the semi-final on his debut.

Gasquet, the world #14 fended the challenge of ‎Martin Klizan, and thought he had sealed the match with an ace – only for his thumping first serve to be called out.

Following his return on the ATP Tour because of a three month absence due to a dodgy back injury, Gasquet’s Aegon International debut is going like a dream.

With a shocking 1st Round exit on grass at Halle in Holland ahead of Eastbourne, the Wimbledon warm-up event was seem by Gasquet as a way to limber up for SW19.

And the top seed has yet to be given a test on Centre Court, adding the scalp of in-form Klizan to 2nd Round victim Bernard Tomic.

Left-hander Klizan failed on centre stage against Gasquet, and failed to show the form that got him to the quarter-finals without dropping a set.

Klizan, a surprise revelation so far in 2014, had been destined for cracking the world’s top last year before suffering a wrist injury.

But on the one-sided affair with former Wimbledon semi-finalist Gasquet, Klizan’s progress to becoming one of the major stars on the circuit has been put on hold.

Gasquet said: “I need to play matches, that’s why I came here. I need to play, to feel no back pain and be confident – I’m playing better and better.

“For the moment the tournament is perfect because I’ve won two good matches by serving well.”

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