Gasquet beats Mathieu to retain Montpellier title

Sun Feb 7, 2016 11:34am EST
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PARIS (Reuters) - Richard Gasquet won a 13th career singles title by beating fellow Frenchman Paul-Henri Mathieu 7-5 6-4 in the Open Sud de France final in Montpellier on Sunday.

The top seeded world number 10 appeared to be suffering from abdominal pains and went 3-0 down in the opening set before prevailing.

He wrapped up with his first match point when Mathieu sent a backhand just long.

"(Mathieu) hit the ball hard, at the beginning I could not compete but then I served much better," said Gasquet, now a four times winner in Montpellier after titles in 2006, 13 and 15.

(Reporting by Julien Pretot, editing by Alan Baldwin)