TennisSection previews the 2022 Montpellier Open as Mikael Ymer takes on Richard Gasquet in the quarterfinal on Friday, February 4th, 2022.
After taking it out one former champion in comprehensive fashion, Mikael Ymer is eyeing another major scalp against former winner of the Montpellier Open in Richard Gasquet. Will the young Swede get the win? Or will Gasquet showcase his dominance against the young contigent?
It was a sensational day of tennis for the Ymer family. Following the older of the two brothers Elias Ymer, who notched a big upset over No. 1 seed Aslan Karatsev in Pune, Mikael Ymer was next to record a shock win. The younger Ymer delivered a total shellacking to Gael Monfils in a match that barely lasted an hour. The 23-year-old defeated the experienced Frenchman on his turf at the Montpellier Open, dropping just three games in the contest. Ymer won 20 of 24 first serve points, and converted five break points from eight chances created.
Richard Gasquet, meanwhile, continues to excel at the Montpellier Open. The three-time champion reached the last eight at the event for the umpteenth time. He beat thr fast-rising South Korean Soonwoo Kwon 7-5 6-4 in an hour and 40 minutes. Gasquet did not face a single break point in the match.
Mikael Ymer leads Richard Gasquet 1-0 in their head-to-head, defeating the Frenchman in Marseille in 2020. Gasquet is on a terrier this week, dismissing the young charges with his versatility and experience. If he continues to serve as he has done this week, and reel off winners for cheap points, he stands a very good chance of reaching the semifinals at the Montpellier Open. But Ymer’s victory over Monfils should put him in good stead against another veteran. The Swede is in full stride and looks poised to headline the semifinals.
Free Tennis Pick and Prediction: Mikael Ymer in three sets.
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