ATP veterans, UTS masters: A classic match with the Final 4 in sight
The Torero, Feliciano Lopez, takes on The Virtuoso, Richard Gasquet, in one of the most eagerly-anticipated clashes of the UTS.
Fast and furious, done and dusted. The one-hour format is perfect for these two tried and true veterans and today we’re going to see which one of them is truly a UTS master as “El Torero”, Feliciano Lopez and “The Virtuoso”, Richard Gasquet jockey for a spot in the Final 4 ahead of the last weekend of matches.
Lopez has been a card-carrying member of the three-point club since UTS started. The Spaniard has shown an uncanny knack for raining down aces just after he’s chosen his winner x 3 card. He’ll likely need them because if he finds himself drawn into extended rallies with the wily Gasquet he could find himself with a pair of tired legs and a lot of frustration.
The Virtuoso has been in resplendent form so far at UTS. Gasquet loves the setting and has demonstrated feel for the format, often-times using his cards tactically to build out early leads. He’s also won seven out of eight ATP matches with Lopez, which shouldn’t hurt his confidence. But don’t sleep on Lopez; the Spaniard can rack up points in bunches when he plays his cards right.
So sit tight and get ready to enjoy two old-school battlers as they try to excel at this new-school format.