Sud de France Open: Richard Gasquet wins in Montpellier
Last Updated: February 10, 2013 3:42pm
Richard Gasquet secured his second ATP Tour title of the year by beating fellow Frenchman Benoit Paire in the final of the Sud de France Open in Montpellier.
The 26-year-old third seed dominated the match against the eighth seed as he strolled to a 6-2 6-3 success.
Gasquet broke Paire twice for a 5-2 lead and took the opening set when a backhand return from Paire sailed wide.
He then dropped serve once in the second set, but broke back three times before clinching victory when Paire, who was seeking his maiden ATP Tour win, netted a backhand.
It gave Gasquet, who also won in Doha in January, the ninth title of his career.
"I was ranked seventh in the world six years ago and I have come back well this year," said Gasquet.
"It's great to have won two tournaments already this season and I just hope I can win others."
Gasquet, who was born only 40 miles from Montpellier, added: "Three years ago, it was an incredible feeling to know that an event was going to take place in Montpellier, knowing that I would have a few opportunities to win it.
"It was one of my goals. I won in front of my friends, my family who were all in the stands."