>> Sunday, May 6, 2012
World no. 10 and top-seeded Juan Martin Del Potro and no. 2-seed Richard Gasquet scored contrasting victories to reach the finals of the 2012 Estoril Open in the Lisbon, Portugal tennis tournament. Watch the 2012 Estoril Open finals live between Del Potro and Gasquet with broadcast starting at 3:15 p.m. local time through RTP 2 channel. Del Potro and Gasquet is the first No. 1 vs. 2 seed final in four years at the Estoril Open with Del Potro the defending champion and Gasquet the 2007 finalist.
Del Potro, 23, the reigning champion, has only dropped 15 games en route to the finals, defeating local player Rui Machado 61 60, No. 7 seed/two-time champion Albert Montanes 62 62 and No. 3 seed Stanislas Wawrinka 76(4) 64 in the semifinals. Gasquet, 25, is appearing in his second Estoril final and the last time he played here was in 2007 when he was runner-up to Novak Djokovic. The No. 4 Frenchman is playing in his ninth tournament of the year, the first on clay, and in his first ATP World Tour final. He has posted wins over Paolo Lorenzi 61 61 Spanish qualifier Daniel Munoz De La Nava 76(1) 62 and No. 4 seed Albert Ramos 26 76(1) 75 in the semifinals.
Del Potro looks to become the third player in tournament history (since 1990) to win back-to-back titles in Estoril. He is trying to capture his second ATP World Tour title of the season. In February, he won his 10th career title in Marseille. He is 10-5 lifetime in tour level finals (3-0 on clay). Gasquet is attempting to become the first Frenchman to win the Estoril title in tournament history (since ’90). In fact Gasquet is the only Frenchman to reach the final here. This is Gasquet’s 15th career ATP World Tour final (6-8 mark) and his seventh final on clay (2-4).
This is their fifth career meeting and del Potro holds a 3-1 lead (1-0 on clay). In their only clay and final meeting in Stuttgart in July 2008, del Potro won 64 75. In their last meeting in the quarter-finals of Marseille in February this year, del Potro prevailed 75 76(5) en route to his first career indoor title. Listed below is a history of their previous matches:
(1) Juan Martin del Potro (ARG) vs (2) Richard Gasquet (FRA) Del Potro Leads 3-1
07 ATP Masters 1000 Indian Wells (USA)Hard R64 Richard Gasquet 7-6(2) 6-2
08 Stuttgart (Germany) Clay Final Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4 7-5
08 Tokyo (Japan) Hard SF Juan Martin Del Potro 6-3 4-6 7-5
12 Marseille (France) Hard QF Juan Martin Del Potro 7-5 7-6(5)
The winner takes home €71,900 prize money and earns 250 ranking points while the runner-up wins €37,860 in prize money and 150 ranking points.