Rafa Nadal, who faced some difficulties in the first two rounds of the US Open, qualified for the 16th round of this year’s last Grand Slam. -1 and 7-5 in two hours 17 minutes.
In the 16th round, he will face American Frances Tiafo, who defeated Diego Schwartzman of Argentina in the third round.
Gasquet was well below Nadal in the first two sets, losing the first nine games of the evening in a row, and only in the last set managed to face the Spanish to avoid a real beating.
In any case, this resounding victory helped Nadal gain confidence and save energy before facing the second and deciding week of the tournament.
The match was ideal for Nadal and a nightmare for Gasquet, who has won a true curse with the Spaniard.
Counting down this Saturday at Flushing Meadows, Nadal and Gasquet, both 36, have faced each other 18 times and the man from Manacor sings the victory song on all 18.
Nadal’s 34-set streak against Gasquet has made the streak even more interesting.
Nadal lost the first set in his first two meetings at the US Open and had to come from behind against Australian Rinki Hijikata and Italian Fabio Fognini.
It looked like the match against Gasquet was going to go the same way when he started the game 0-40, but it was only a mirage.
Nadal tackled three “break” balls against him to keep his serve, smashed his opponent and went 3–0 from his serve to clear the ghosts.
Gasquet did not find the tools or resources to respond to a solid and powerful play from behind the court by Nadal, who voluntarily pushed his opponent to make the set 6-0 in 42 minutes.
The script of the match did not change in the second set, which until then was a complete monologue by Nadal.
With a defeated and frustrated air, Gasquet wandered across the court without answering: if he went over the net, Nadal passed him; And if he tried to fight from below, the Spaniard carried him from side to side until he was crushed.
The lack of emotion in the match led to a strange and strange silence at Arthur Ashe Stadium, the center court of the US Open.
After nine games against, Gasquet was finally able to open his scoring when Nadal returned to the net, a moment when the Frenchman, ironically but with relief, celebrated by raising his arms and the public giving him a standings. Ovation given (3- 1).
Already with a 6-1 win in the second set, Nadal started the third set with a new “brake” and everything was pointing to a new ride.
but then the gasket woke up
With 2–1 against, Gasquet was able to break Nadal’s serve for the first time and later made a love game on the serve (2–3).
Much looser and more aggressive, as both his forehand and backhand suddenly worked wonders for him, Gasquet looked like another player and the crowd joined him to try to prolong the duel.
At no point did Nadal give up, not even when Gasquet could win the set with 4-5 runs.
With the match more contentious and exciting in that segment, Nadal gritted his teeth with a 5–5 finish, managed to break Gasket’s serve with a backhand down the line from the middle of the court and led his way to the round of 16. . without major setbacks.