Location: Sleeping in the house of my latest jumpoff.
Estoril SF: Gasquet def. Ramos 2-6 7-6(1) 7-5 in 3:02
One of the more tedious matches you'll see at this level, but both players competed very hard. Ramos was up 6-3 *3-2 and fell apart. Richie played a lot more solid in the final two sets after a horrible first set, where he was sluggish and made tons of errors. Ramos started leaking a lot of errors the final two sets after patiently dictating play throughout the first half of the match and by the end it was Gasquet winning most of the extended rallies. He fought very hard as always, came back from a break down in the third with aggressive play, but 70 UEs ended up costing him. Richie served well in the third set and that helped him in the tight games on his serve and was a huge difference-maker between he and Ramos. Great win in the end for Richie.
1st set was not good from Richard whereas Ramos was the better play, trying to control the match with his FH. When Ramos broke in the 2nd set but Richard broke back immediately and then from there he was more the solid player! Richard ran away with the 2nd set TB and in the 3rd, he served well and got the break but to give it right back.
I think it was half Ramos choke, half Gasquet stepping his game up. Then in the third set Ramos was tired. He easily could have won in straights, though, and really lost the plot when he had total control.