His 15th and last title dates back to June 2018, in ‘s-Hertogenboschin the Nederlands. Richard Gasquet (67th in the world) qualified for the final of the ATP 250 tournament in Auckland taking advantage of the package of his compatriot Constant Lestienne (65th), injured in a pectoral, before the half which was to oppose the two Frenchmen on Friday.
The 36-year-old Biterrois, former world No. 7, will play his 33rd final in Auckland, against Briton Cameron Norrie (12th) who will be in his 12th after beating American Jenson Brooksby (48th) in the other semi-final. ) 6-3, 6-4. The meeting will not take place before 2 p.m. on Saturday in New Zealand, or 12 hours later in France.
Lestienne preferred to save himself for his first round of the Australian Openwhich begins on Monday and during which he will be opposed to the Brazilian Thiago Monteiro, for what will be his first participation, at 30, in a Grand Slam tournament.
Back in the Top 50
Gasquet will meet his compatriot Ugo Humbert in Melbourne. By then, victory or not against Norrie, he is sure to return to the Top 50 of the ATP ranking on Monday, from which he left in April 2021.