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Open Sud de France
RESULTS - SUNDAY, 10 FEBRUARY, 2013
Singles - Final
 R Gasquet (FRA) d  B Paire (FRA) 62 63
Doubles - Final
M Gicquel (FRA) / M Llodra (FRA) d J Brunstrom (SWE) / R Klaasen (RSA) 63 36 11-9
SUNDAY REVIEW – GASQUET WINS NINTH TITLE; GICQUEL/LLODRA CLINCH DOUBLES CROWN
• Richard Gasquet becomes the first two-time ATP World Tour titlist of the 2013 season.
• The Frenchman improves to an ATP World Tour-best 14-1 match record on the season.
• Gasquet is now 9-10 in ATP World Tour finals.
• Marc Gicquel and Michael Llodra become the eighth all-French pair to win the doubles title since 1987.
• All-French teams have now won the title in six of the past eight years.
WHAT THE PLAYERS SAID
Richard Gasquet: “I feel very happy and relieved to win here in Montpellier in front of my friends and family. Since the tournament has been here, it’s been an objective to lift the trophy. I was really disappointed last year when I lost in the quarter-finals. Defeating Gael [Monfils] in a difficult match earlier this week put me in the right direction towards the title.
“The circumstances here are totally different for me, from the rest of the weeks on the tour, because I sleep at home in Bezier and I drive back and forth every day [40 minutes away]. It’s a totally different feeling than lifting a trophy in a different country far away. Also, I know and meet so many people I used to play with when I was younger. I feel I have played against the entire stadium!
“I realise this is my best season start ever and I just want to keep going and stay healthy. I am leaving tomorrow to Rotterdam, then Marseille, which is also an important tournament in France for me.”
Benoit Paire: “It’s a positive week overall for me. I am a bit disappointed about today’s performance but Richard is a very strong player, with a very unique style, and there was nothing I could do today. I felt a bit stressed out before the final, due to the special circumstances of the match, but these are all positive experiences and I am learning a lot from them. I am very happy to have reached the final. I could have lost against Steve Darcis if it wasn’t for a miraculous let ball on the match point against me.
“It’s nice that it has happened here in Montpellier in front of my parents, who don’t often get to see me play. I grew up not far away from here and used to play all the small tournaments around here. I know I have improved a lot in my attitude and it was important this week to show my parents I am no longer the Benoit who goes crazy and breaks racquets. I really needed them to see how I have changed and I need to keep going. I feel I am on the right track if I stay calm and focused.”
Marc Gicquel: “It’s been a great week for me and I want to thank ‘Mika’ for playing with me here in Montpellier. We had a lot of fun on and off court and I am delighted that my fourth career title comes here in Montpellier and in France.”
Michael Llodra: “Now I can say that I won all the French tournaments – except Roland Garros – as Montpellier was the one I was missing. My objective in doubles is to beat Guy’s [Forget] doubles record of 28 titles. I won’t stop until I beat him. I am very happy about this 24th title. I’m not sure how many different partners I’ve had, but I am very happy to have won with my friend ‘Marco’ here in Montpellier. He’s a great guy and we had a blast all week.”