Moscow - Frenchman Richard Gasquet has boosted his chances of playing in next
month's season-ending ATP World Tour Finals after capturing the Kremlin
Cup with a 4-6 6-4 6-4 victory over Kazakh qualifier Mikhail Kukushkin
The top seed's hopes of being one of the eight men to
play in the lucrative tournament at the O2 Arena on the bank of London's
River Thames appeared to be ebbing away as he fell a break down midway
through the final set in Moscow.
However, the 27-year-old clung on in an eighth game that stretched to seven deuces before breaking back to level for 4-4.
appeared to take the fight out of Kukushkin and Gasquet wrapped up his
10th title when his weary opponent slammed a forehand wide.
win allowed world number 10 Gasquet to leapfrog fellow Frenchman
Jo-Wilfried Tsonga in the race to secure a place in the Tour Finals.
"It was an incredible week here for me and now I have great memories about my playing here," Gasquet told reporters.
is one of the most successful seasons in my career but the race for a
place in London is not over yet and I need to concentrate on my further
playing to get there."
Rafa Nadal, Novak Djokovic, David Ferrer
and Juan Martin Del Potro have already qualified for the tournament
while Wimbledon champion Andy Murray has pulled out following back
Tomas Berdych, Stanislas Wawrinka, Roger Federer,
Gasquet, Tsonga and Milos Raonic are in a battle to secure the remaining