Gasquet Online video Ranking: 5 / five
Gasquet Video Rating: / 5
Rafael Nadal has made it to the title round of the US Open 2013 by defeating Richard Gasquet of France in the semi final. Nadal won the match in the straight sets by 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-2.
Barring a few games in the second set, Nadal was pretty dominating. It took him a little more than a couple of hours to get better of the Frenchman who was given the 8th seed in this tournament.
Nadal who had lifted the trophy here at Flushing Meadows 3 years back in 2010 has now won 21 successive matches on hard courts.
Talking to the reporters in the post match interview, Nadal said, “I was not here last year and now, to come back this year and make it to the finals, it’s like dream come true. The last couple of weeks have been great.”
“It will be difficult to face somebody like Novak in the final. But, I am up for it.”
In the opening set, Nadal started in a brilliant manner as he sneaked a breakthrough in the very first game and then, held his serve in the next game to take a lead of 2-0. The Spaniard didn’t lose the advantage thereafter and kept on winning his service games to seal the opener by 6-4.
The proceedings in the next set started similarly as Gasquet dropped his serve again in the first game. But, this time, the Frenchman came back and broke Nadal in the 4th game to make the score 2-2.
There were no breakthroughs in the next 8 games and the set got extended into the tie breaker where Nadal proved his superiority with some thunderous strokes. Gasquet could win just one game in the tie breaker and got down by two sets.
Nadal continued on his merry way in the following set which eventually proved to be the last set of the match. With a couple of breakthroughs, the Spanish maestro clinched it easily by 6-2 and moved into the title round where his opponent will be Novak Djokovic.
Richard Gasquet will face Albert Montanes of Spain in the second round of the Vegeta Croatia Open. This will be Gasquet’s first match in the competition as he had received a bye in the opening round.
This has been a mixed season for Gasquet so far. He had made a tremendous start to the season by winning the Exxonmobil Open which was played at Doha. Immediately after that, he won Open Sud de France as well.
But, after that, Gasquet’s form deteriorated. In the next few tournaments, he got defeated at early stages.
Then, in the Sony Open, he had a decent outing. He reached the semi final round in that tournament, but, after that, he again lost his form. Inconsistency has been the main problem for him this season.
Gasquet has played 43 matches so far this year out of which he has won 32 and has lost 11. He is currently at no. 9 in the world rankings. He would like to put up consistent performances from now on and end the season in top 8 so that he can make it to the ATP World Tour Finals.
As far as Montanes is concerned, he is an experienced player and has a good record on clay courts.
However, he hasn’t been in great form this season. He has played 26 matches thus far this season and has managed to win only 13 of them. His world ranking at the moment is 49.
These two players have played against each other on 5 occasions in the past. All those 5 games have been won by Gasquet.
On the basis of ranking and current form, Gasquet is clearly the favourite in this match, but, Montanes with his huge experience is fully capable of pulling off an upset.
Gasquet Online video Score: five / five