Hit in the left adductor, Richard Gasquet was forced to forfeit one hour away from facing Chilean Garin in the round of 16 at Estoril. Corentin Moutet, Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Ugo Humbert therefore remain the only Frenchmen in the race in Portugal.
At 34 (he will be 35 in June), Richard Gasquet never ceases to be overtaken by the wear and tear of his body and physical problems of all kinds. And it is not yet in Portugal that the Biterrois will launch his season. Thursday, one hour away from playing his second game in a row at Estoril and facing Chilean Cristian Garin in the round of 16, Gasquet, winner in straight sets of Argentinian Londero in the first round on Tuesday, was once again forced to give up.
This time, it was an injury to the left adductor which forced the 52nd in the world to forfeit. He therefore leaves his three compatriots still in the race Corentin Moutet, Ugo Humbert (already qualified for the quarterfinals) and Pierre-Hugues Herbert to continue their journey without him. Winner of the Portuguese tournament in 2015, Gasquet will have to wait before eventually achieving two consecutive victories in 2021.
ESTORIL (Portugal, ATP 250, clay, € 481,270)
Title holder (in 2019): Stefanos Tsitsipas (GRE)
Shapovalov (CAN, WC, n ° 1) or Moutet (FRA) – Herbert (FRA) or Ramos-Viñolas (ESP, n ° 7)
Humbert (FRA, n ° 3) – Davidovich Fokina (ESP, n ° 8)
Cilic (CRO, n ° 6) – Anderson (AFS)
Martinez (ESP, Q) or Norrie (GBR) – Garin (CHI, n ° 2)
Shapovalov (CAN, WC, n ° 1) – Moutet (FRA)
Herbert (FRA) – Ramos-Viñolas (ESP, n ° 7)
Humbert (FRA, n ° 3) beats Cecchinato (ITA): 6-4, 3-6, 6-3
Davidovich Fokina (ESP, n ° 8) bat Chardy (FRA) : 6-1, 6-2
Cilic (CRO, n ° 6) beats Borges (POR, Q): 6-7 (5), 6-4, 6-4
Anderson (AFS) beats Carballes Baena (ESP, LL): 6-3, 7-6 (4)
Martinez (ESP, Q) – Norrie (GBR)
Garin (CHI, n ° 2) bat Gasquet (FRA) : flat rate