Rain dampens World No 9 Richard Gasquet's World Tour Finals hopes
Frenchman Richard Gasquet became the first high-profile casualty at the Shanghai Masters yesterday as organisers scrambled to keep the storm-hit event on track.
Drenching rains, which flooded streets near the venue — the lingering effects of Typhoon Fitow — forced a switch to indoor courts at the Qizhong Tennis Center.
Ninth-seed Gasquet’s tame 6-3, 6-4 defeat to Vasek Pospisil deals a heavy blow to his hopes of reaching next month’s World Tour Finals in London, which feature the season’s top eight players. Gasquet is currently ninth.