Past Antwerp champion Richard Gasquet set to boss Struff
Adrian Mannarino should end Gerasimov';s Moscow march
From 9am Friday
Richard Gasquet was crowned champion of the ATP European Open two years ago and the Frenchman has arrived in Antwerp in similar form hoping to regain the title.
The world number 28 has had a consistent season and this month’s run to the semi-finals of the Tokyo Open, where he recorded straight- set triumphs over Kevin Anderson and Nick Kyrgios, suggested he could have too much for German ace Jan-Lennard Struff.
Home hope Kei Nishikori ended Gasquet’s title aspirations in Tokyo, while world number four Juan Martin del Potro dumped the Frenchman out early in last week’s Shanghai showpiece.
However, Struff can’t produce performances of the same magnitude and Gasquet, who won their only previous meeting at the quarter-final stage on his way to securing silverware in Antwerp in 2016, can deliver the same knockout blow.
In Moscow, Bulgarian qualifier Egor Gerasimov has belied the odds to make the last eight with victories over Damir Dzumhur and Benoit Paire, but he could be brought back down to earth by Adrian Mannarino.
The Frenchman, who was a beaten semi-finalist in the event last season, was impressive in dismissing talented Italian Marco Cecchinato on Wednesday and should prove too streetwise for his challenger.
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