September 30, 2007 / 1:55 PM / 13 years ago

Gasquet beats Rochus to win at Mumbai

MUMBAI (Reuters) - French top seed Richard Gasquet beat Olivier Rochus of Belgium 6-3 6-4 to win the Mumbai Open on Sunday.

Richard Gasquet of France returns a shot to Olivier Rochus of Belgium during their final match at the Mumbai Open tennis tournament September 30, 2007. REUTERS/Tanushree Punwani

World number 14 Gasquet wrapped up the final in an hour and 26 minutes in humid conditions to win his first ATP title of the season.

“It was my first (title) on outdoor hardcourts, shows I can play on any surface,” he told a news conference.

Wimbledon semi-finalist Gasquet, 21, built on an early break against the eighth-seeded Belgian to win the opening set which featured long baseline battles.

“It was a tough match. He has a wonderful backhand. But I was playing great, the confidence of beating (Fabrice) Santoro helped,” Gasquet said, referring to his victory in the semi-finals over his fellow Frenchman.

World number 66 Rochus, playing in his first ATP final of the season, put up a better fight in the second when the two traded breaks and were three-all at one time.

“I’m from France and the conditions (here) were tough. I was tiring and lost a bit of concentration. I broke him after three-all and that was great,” said Gasquet, who mixed drop shots with powerful one-handed backhands.

“I had to change tactics a bit in the second when he was 2-1 up,” he added.

The Belgian, who beat German Rainer Schuettler in the semi-finals, double-faulted to drop serve in the seventh game.

The crucial break won, Gasquet maintained pressure on the opponent before serving out for the match.

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