Gasquet reaches final in Eastbourne

The Sports NetworkJune 19, 2014 

Eastbourne, England ( - Top seed Richard Gasquet booked a spot in Saturday's final at the Aegon International tennis event, a final grass-court Wimbledon tune-up.

The French star cruised past Uzbekistan's Denis Istomin 6-4, 6-2 in a Friday semifinal at Devonshire Park.

Gasquet's opponent in the final will be third-seeded Spaniard Feliciano Lopez or unseeded American Sam Querrey. Lopez, who was forced into double duty because of weather problems here on Thursday, opened his day Friday with a 6-3, 6-4 quarterfinal victory over Frenchmen Jeremy Chardy.

The left-handed Lopez was last week's grass-court runner-up at The Queen's Club in London.

Gasquet, who just turned 28 on Wednesday, will appear in his 22nd career ATP final, seeking an 11th title and his first one of 2014. He was a runner-up in Montpellier in his native France back in February.

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