Gasquet Backs Up After Milos Marathon

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Richard Gasquet overcame big server Milos Raonic in the fourth round. Image courtesy of
After an exhausting five-setter against Candian Milos Raonic, Richard Gasquet now has to back up against the ironman of men’s tennis, David Ferrer . That clash took over four hours and Gasquet is one man who is not known for his endurance, so it will be interesting to see how he backs up against Ferrer, who should be relatively fresh despite dropping a set in his last three wins.

Ferrer leads the head-to-head 8-1, with Gasquet’s only victory coming in 2008 on hardcourt in Toronto. The Frenchman has failed to win a set in their last five meetings, including his 7-5 7-6 6-4 loss to Ferrer in the fourth round at Flushing Meadows last year. Apart from his sole win, that was as close as Gasquet has come to pushing the Spaniard as he has copped some absolute hidings over the year.

In the past, Ferrer has been known for his steady, almost metronomic game, but he has been playing a looser game in the opening rounds of this Slam. He has made more unforced errors than winners so far, whereas the sometimes streaky Gasquet has been a model of consistency from the back of the court. As usual, though, Ferrer’s brilliant return of serve has created plenty of opportunities, so the Frenchman will need to make a high percentage of first serves to stay in the match.

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