Richard Gasquet knows that he will have to be at his best if he is to emerge victorious against Fabio Fognini in Sunday's Swedish Open final.
The Frenchman eased to a 6-2 6-3 semi-final victory against Henri Laaksonen while Fognini was given a stern examination by Fernando Verdasco before edging home 6-1 4-6 7-5.
"[Fabio] is a great player. Especially on a clay court, he is one of the best," said Gasquet after his last-four victory. "He has had a good season and I know how tough he is, but... I'm feeling better and better."
Meanwhile, Fognini will be playing in his second tour-level final of the season having won the Brasil Open earlier in the year.
He appeared to be easing to victory against Verdasco when he cruised through the first set but the 34-year-old took the second set by securing a break of serve in the ninth game.
The Italian hit back to win the decider though and said afterwards: "Beating Fernando is really difficult. He is a great champion. It was a tough match, I started really well... and then after losing the first game of the second set, it was 40-0 on my serve, he was playing more confidently... At the end, I think it is a lottery."
Fognini is 4/5 to win Sunday's final while Gasquet can be backed at 1/1 to come out on top.
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