Richard Gasquet loses to Rafael Nadal at the US Open

Richard Gasquet loses to Rafael Nadal on the US Open

Richard Gasquet raised his arms to the applause of Arthur Ashe Stadium and there was undoubtedly a variety of irony on the gesture. The Frenchman had simply received his first match of the match after 1 09 after dropping the primary 9 to Rafael Nadal within the third spherical of the US Open. An ordeal he eased a bit together with his Spanish suspension within the third set however it did not change something on the finish of this match (6-0, 6-1, 7-5). And that does not change the stats: Gasquet has misplaced 18 matches in opposition to the Mallorcan Islands amongst professionals.


Gasquet maintained 34 straight units he misplaced to Rafael Nadal. The final time he had a set of it was in 2008 in the course of the Canadian Masters 1000.

Biterrois noticed that the end result turned out to be in his favour, with out succeeding in stopping the bleeding. Nevertheless, he was in battle with the previous No. 1 participant on this planet, with factors breaking a number of occasions in his favour and all the time had an opportunity to finish his service matches, however he by no means succeeded in turning them away. Drag this begin like a ball and chain: “6-0 is particularly painful as a result of this primary set lasted ¾ of an hour, I had balls nearly each time to play. It wasn’t simple at first, I served very poorly after which received some stress. It occurred to me just a few occasions however this It was very extreme.”

“I am glad I did not play it within the first spherical, I am going to sleep effectively desirous about it tonight

Gasquet struggled once more within the second set in a situation that turned extra sophisticated. However he all the time had in thoughts that he would know learn how to recuperate. “ I knew I used to be going to get began and it was going to start out however the issue was that I could not begin the factor, and that was what was so arduous, Defined after the assembly. After that, I would not say that at 6-0, I am effective. This occurred to me at Roland-Garros (Additionally began 6-0 in opposition to Nadal) Two years in the past too, however it was behind closed doorways, and it was nonetheless higher, and it was simpler (a smile). »

The one benefit this time round is that when the French received a match, he triggered the primary response of a midi that has been so silent so far. However slightly later, within the third act, Gasquet actually managed to free himself. “I used to be capable of calm down within the third. I felt he was much less good, that he made some double faults. Nothing uncommon however I might have gone into the tiebreak and win that set. However victory was nonetheless a great distance off.”

By dropping his serve at 5-5, he misplaced his final hope of profitable a set in opposition to the Spaniard. And so they walked out of courtroom with a easy comment: “He’s stronger, there may be nothing to say.” Earlier than including the smile: “I am actually glad I did not play it within the first spherical, I am going to sleep effectively desirous about it tonight.” Nadal, who has but to lose a match this 12 months on the Grand Slam (the titles on the Australian Open and Roland Garros, earlier than his half at Wimbledon) now has an appointment with Francis Tiafoe to play a spot within the quarter-finals.

Rafael Nadal on the US Open. (D. Parhizkaran/Sports activities Press)

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