It took more than three years, but Richard Gasquet is back into an ATP Tour final.
The fourth seed battled past German qualifier Daniel Altmaier 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3 on Saturday after three hours and 11 minutes to reach the championship match at the Plava Laguna Croatia Open Umag. The former World No. 7 will play top seed Albert Ramos-Vinolas or #NextGenATP Spaniard Carlos Alcaraz in his first tour-level final since Bastad in 2018.
Gasquet, a 35-year-old, is the second-oldest finalist in tournament history, only trailing Paolo Lorenzi, who was 35 in 2017. The Frenchman is a 15-time ATP Tour titlist and this will be his 32nd tour-level final.
Gasquet had lost five consecutive semi-finals before this match, but he relied on all his experience to battle through this marathon against a motivated Altmaier.
The fourth seed saved seven of his 10 break points, but he was only able to convert three of his 17 opportunities. In the deciding set, the veteran won 43 per cent of his return points to triumph.