French Open 2018: Relentless Rafael Nadal pummels Richard Gasquet | Tennis

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Rafael Nadal set a private file of consecutive units received on the French Open in a ruthless third-round hammering of Richard Gasquet on Saturday.

The world No. 1 took one other stride towards an 11th title at Roland Garros by blowing away Gasquet in his homeland, 6-Three, 6-2, 6-2.

Nadal was imperious on Courtroom Philippe Chatrier, taking just below two hours to make it 16 wins out of 16 in opposition to the startled Frenchman and e book an encounter with Maximilian Marterer.

The highest seed — who struck 37 winners and broke six occasions — surpassed his finest tally of 32 units received on the spin in Paris when he received the second set, solely Bjorn Borg having bettered that with 41.

Nadal and Gasquet are longtime pals, however the Spaniard handled him with disdain in a blistering begin, a partisan crowd displaying its appreciation for an impressive forehand winner down the road on the run.

The “King of Clay” received the primary 12 factors of the match and seemed set for a bagel till Gasquet lastly bought on the board at 5-1, displaying off his elegant one-handed backhand as he received the subsequent two video games earlier than an errant backhand ended the set.

Nadal began the second set in a comparable vogue to the primary, winding up brutal forehands and delivering a volleying masterclass on the web as he raced right into a Four-Zero lead.

There have been groans when Gasquet’s backhand let him down and he thudded a forehand into the online to go two units down, Nadal’s 33rd received in a row at a venue the place he has been so dominant.

The relentless left-hander continued to offer Gasquet the runaround, placing away a volley to interrupt within the first recreation of the third set. 

A ferocious backhand volley on the web put him a double break up and though Gasquet hung in there, an errant groundstroke put him out of his distress and stored Nadal on target to retain his title.

STATISTICAL BREAKDOWN  
Nadal [1] bt Gasquet [27] 6-Three 6-2-6-2

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS  
Nadal – 37/16
Gasquet – 19/24

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS 
Nadal – Three/2
Gasquet – eight/1

BREAK POINTS WON 
Nadal – 6/9
Gasquet – 1/2

FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE  
Nadal – 61 
Gasquet – 55

PERCENTAGE OF POINTS WON ON FIRST/SECOND SERVE 
Nadal – 84/70
Gasquet – 58/41

TOTAL POINTS 
Nadal – 93
Gasquet – 57





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