Former world No. 7 Richard Gasquet insisted his win over Damir Dzumhur was important as he aims to win it all in Umag.
Gasquet, now ranked at No. 59 in the world, beat Dzumhur 6-3 7-6 (7) in the Umag quarterfinal.
“I started well,” Gasquet said. “I could not manage to break him at 4-2 in the second set and then I struggled a little bit on my serve. It was tough, but I fought a lot to finish the match in the second set. It was a great tie-break and important to win. I need to be physically ready to go further as I try and reach the final.”
Gasquet escaped with a straight-set win
Gasquet saved a break point in the opening game of the match and then broke Dzumhur in the second game.
Dzumhur had another break point in the fifth game but Gasquet saved to take a 4-1 lead.
In the ninth game, Gasquet served out for the opener.
After winning the first set, Gasquet broke Dzumhur in the third game to take a 2-1 lead.
Gasquet had a great chance to go up by a double break but Dzumhur saved three break points in the seventh game to reduce the deficit to 4-3.
After failing to convert any of his three break points in the seventh game, Gasquet got broken back in the eighth game.
Gasquet broke Dzumhur in the ninth game to take a 5-4 lead but failed to serve out for the match in the 10th game.
Gasquet had a chance to claim another break in the 11th game but Dzumhur saved two break points to go up 6-5.
Gasquet then served out the 12th game to force a tie-break.
In the tie-break, Gasquet realized his third match point to make the Umag semifinal.
Gasquet will be fighting German Daniel Altmaier for a place in the Umag final.
Altmaier, ranked at No. 152 in the world, beat Dusan Lajovic to set up a Gasquet clash.