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The title for Alex de Minaur at the expense of Richard Gasquet

ByRoborto Sykes

Oct 19, 2020
“The Demon” is essential in the city of diamonds! The final at the top of the third edition of the Ultimate Tennis Showdown, held in Antwerp ahead of the ATP tournament scheduled in the same city next week, saw Alex de Minaur have the last word in the final against Richard Gasquet. The Australian started this grand final very strongly with a one-sided first quarter and won with a fifteen point lead over the Biterrois (24-9). The exchanges were balanced in the next quarter of an hour of play but “The Virtuoso” found himself led two innings to nothing on a perfect long line attack from his opponent (15-14).

Gasquet reacted but de Minaur went for the title

The third quarter was the same as the first with the two players who answered each other without any of them being able to tell the difference. It was finally on the last point that Richard Gasquet kept himself alive in this final. Thanks to an incisive rise at the net, the Biterrois won the decisive point and imposed on Alex de Minaur a first quarter lost since the start of the tournament. But, no doubt annoyed, “The Demon” wisely played his card “forehand winner X3” to quickly widen the gap on “The Virtuoso”, who has never been able to reverse the direction of the match. and bow in this final under high tension (24-9, 15-14, 16-17, 19-11). After Matteo Berrettini and Alexander Zverev, it’s Alex de Minaur who adds his name to the Ultimate Tennis Showdown list.

From 16 to 18 October 2020, in Antwerp (Belgium)

Sunday October 18, 2020
Alex de Minaur (AUS) beats Richard Gasquet (FRA): 3-1 (24-9, 15-14, 16-17, 19-11)

Group 1
1- Alex De Minaur (AUS): 2 wins, 0 losses, 8 quarter-times won, 0 quarter-times lost >>> qualified for the final
2- Dan Evans (GBR): 1 win, 1 loss, 3 quarter-times won, 6 quarter-times lost
3- Pablo Andujar (ESP): 0 victory, 2 losses, 2 quarter-times gained, 7 quarter-times lost

Group 2
1- Richard Gasquet (FRA): 2 wins, 0 losses, 7 quarter-times won, 2 quarter-times lost >>> qualified for the final
2- Taylor Fritz (USA): 1 win, 1 loss, 6 quarter-times won, 3 quarter-times lost
3- Feliciano Lopez (ESP): 0 wins, 2 losses, 0 quarter-times won, 8 quarter-times lost

Match schedule
Friday October 16, 2020
Alex De Minaur (AUS) beats Dan Evans (GBR): 4-0 (13-12, 23-9, 21-10, 20-13)
Alex De Minaur (AUS) beats Pablo Andujar (ESP): 4-0 (23-5, 13-11, 17-13, 18-10)
Dan Evans (AUS) beats Pablo Andujar (ESP): 3-2 (14-15, 21-12, 16-17, 15-14, 4-2)

Saturday 17th October 2020
Richard Gasquet (FRA) beats Feliciano Lopez (ESP): 4-0 (16-14, 19-11, 17-10, 16-14)
Richard Gasquet (FRA) beats Taylor Fritz (USA): 3-2 (18-15, 17-14, 12-21, 11-19, 2-1)
Taylor Fritz (USA) beats Feliciano Lopez (ESP): 4-0 (17-15, 16-14, 18-13, 17-15)