Rafael Nadal has dominated many opponents throughout his illustrious profession, however no participant moreso than Richard Gasquet.
“Let that be a lesson to you all. No one beats Vitas Gerulaitis 17 occasions in a row!”
Vitas Gerulaitis stated that after snapping a 16-match dropping streak in opposition to Jimmy Connors on the 1979 year-end Masters at Madison Sq. Backyard. Gasquet will hope to say, “No one beats Richard Gasquet 18 occasions in a row” on Saturday when he faces Nadal within the third spherical of the US Open.
Primarily based on historical past, the Frenchman can have quite a bit to beat in opposition to the 22-time main winner. Nadal has not simply gained their 17 ATP Head2Head clashes — he has performed so convincingly.
The Spaniard has not misplaced a set in opposition to Gasquet since 2008 in Canada, and has claimed 31 consecutive units of their rivalry. Solely two of these units have gone to a tie-break, and 20 of the 31 have been determined by a margin of 6-3 or higher.
Gasquet just isn’t a low-ranked participant whom Nadal has simply occurred to face many occasions. The Frenchman has gained 582 tour-level matches, good for fifth-most amongst energetic gamers. The one energetic gamers who’ve gained extra are the “Huge 4” of Roger Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray.
Gasquet has gained 15 ATP Tour titles, reached a career-high No. 7 within the Pepperstone ATP Rankings and earned 35 victories in opposition to Prime 10 opponents. None of these have come in opposition to Nadal.
Throughout Gerulaitis’ 16-match dropping streak in opposition to Connors, he gained seven units. Gasquet has claimed 4 units in opposition to Nadal, with the latest coming when World No. 4 Carlos Alcaraz was 5 years outdated.
Gasquet and Nadal, each 36, have been linked since earlier than they have been teenagers. There’s a well-known video of them enjoying on the age of 12 at Les Petits As, a premier junior event wherein Gasquet defeated Nadal.
“The comparability was not that lengthy… after we have been 13, 14, however after we obtained [to] 18, the comparability was not there anymore,” Gasquet as soon as stated. “That is a little bit of an issue that there was a comparability with Rafa Nadal, however there was.”
Nadal’s Prime 5 Good Data
Nadal has performed 313 completely different opponents in tour-level matches. After Gasquet, probably the most wins Nadal has earned in opposition to a participant with out dropping is Paul-Henri Mathieu, whom he defeated 10 occasions. After that, Nadal has crushed Karen Khachanov, Pablo Carreno Busta and Jarkko Nieminen eight occasions every with out struggling a loss in opposition to any of them.
Nadal has loved lopsided rivalries in opposition to many extra of his contemporaries, however these are males in opposition to whom he has tasted defeat. Examples embody his 26-6 document in opposition to Spaniard David Ferrer, 20-4 mark in opposition to Czech Tomas Berdych and 19-3 document in opposition to Swiss Stan Wawrinka. All three of these males cracked the Prime 5 of the Pepperstone ATP Rankings.
For now, Nadal will concentrate on extending his profitable streak in opposition to Gasquet to 18, with a spot within the fourth spherical at Flushing Meadows at stake.
Did You Know?
Novak Djokovic owns an 18-0 ATP Head2Head document in opposition to Gael Monfils and Roger Federer gained all 17 of his matches in opposition to each David Ferrer and Mikhail Youzhny.
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