• Gasquet and Wawrinka clash in French Open fourth round

    6/3/13 4:12 AM | Cheryl Murray
    Gasquet and Wawrinka clash in French Open fourth round In perhaps the most compelling of the round of 16 matches, Richard Gasquet will do battle with Swiss neighbor Stanislas Wawrinka for a spot in the quarterfinals.

    Surprisingly, No. 7 seed Richard Gasquet and No. 9 seed Stanislas Wawrinka have only met once before at a long-ago match on the indoor carpet of Paris in 2006. Gasquet won that match in straight sets, but it was a lifetime ago.

    Both men are having stand-out seasons in 2013. Wawrinka has had the better results on clay, but a thigh injury that sent him packing from the Rome Masters, had him doubting his participation in the French Open at all.

    Gasquet hasn't been nearly as dominant on clay as Wawrinka has been, but the Frenchman is playing at home in front of a crowd desperate for a French champion.

    This match is largely on Wawrinka's racket. The Swiss man is better on clay, and even with the crowd against him, he has the claycourt game to upend Gasquet. If Wawrinka is in good form and his thigh isn't bothering him, he should get the win in 4.

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How could that be the most compelling match when the most compelling match was played today (Tommy v. Nico)?

mara002 , 6/3/13 4:55 AM

wawrinka in 4/5

isfand , 6/3/13 5:14 AM

I think it's going to be Wawrinka in four. I don't think Gasquet will be able to handle this new improved version of Wawa.

The only caveat I will make is if for some reason Wawa's thigh is acting up then that might make a difference.

Nativenewyorker , 6/3/13 6:53 AM

@mara002, are you serious? Nico's meltdown's verge on the pornographic if you ask me! I don't know about you, but those kind of spectacles should come with a serious health warning.

Not taking anything away from Tommy of course, iron man.............

rafaisthebest , 6/3/13 7:26 AM

If they reduce the number of seeds to 16 they will have these 5 setters in the early rounds with matches going for ever in the first week and it would be a problem going into the 2nd week at the Qtr final stage.

nadline , 6/3/13 7:55 PM

Best match of the tournament so far. Terrific. Well done Sam. Poor old Crashquet.

deuce , 6/3/13 9:58 PM

The tennis channel was showing Rafa's match and then some of the Sharapova/Stevens match. Finally they got to Wawa and Gasquet. I thought that once Gasquet lost that third set, then he needed to close it out in four. It was quite the battle with both players coming up with stellar shot making. Wawa was just that much better in the end. But Gasquet really seemed to dig deep to try to get the win.

I predicted Wawa in four but it went the distance. I was really surprised to see that Wawa initially was down two sets to none. But he staged quite the comeback.

I wonder how much Wawa has left for his quarterfinal match with Rafa. He does get a day to rest. I expect Rafa to raise his level for this match. He knows that Wawa can be tough.

Nativenewyorker , 6/3/13 10:08 PM

Comms were saying Stan has never taken a set off Rafa, don't know if they meant on clay or anywhere.
No need for any sleepless nights for Rafa fans :)

deuce , 6/3/13 10:36 PM

deuce: There have been quite a few titanic struggles this year. What about the awesome Robredo - 3 consecutive 5-setters coming back from two sets down.

ed251137 , 6/3/13 10:56 PM

wawrinka in 5 it is

isfand , 6/3/13 11:05 PM

ed: Yes, some of these matches have indeedy been "Titanic."
And how about Haas, Robredo, Ferrer, Fed?'s "Golden Oldies" time :)

deuce , 6/3/13 11:10 PM


I do know that Stan has never beaten Rafa, but I honestly don't know if he has even taken a set. I don't think ever on clay. I guess that I am just superstitious. I know that Rafa won't take Stan for granted. How much Stan has left after that match with Gasquet, I don't know. But I don't like relying on Rafa's opponent to be tired or exhausted or whatever.

I am not as nervous after seeing how Rafa handled Nishikori. But I never take anything for granted.

It is interesting to see these older guys doing well at RG. Golden Oldies indeed!

Nativenewyorker , 6/3/13 11:37 PM

I am a woman and yes, a feminist too but I do not support equal prize money in tennis anymore, not under the current circumstances. There, I said it.............

You watch guys like Robredo, Wawrinka, Tommy Haas grinding like this, then add women receiving on-court coaching and I am like, WTF.....

Tired of women being treated like affirmative action wusses, time to step up or step out......

rafaisthebest , 6/4/13 7:56 AM

There are only a few women's matches that hold my attention enough to invest the time watching Barbie Dolls prancing around, tossing their hair. ........and the screaming. Please.

ed251137 , 6/4/13 8:19 AM

Another feminist agrees :) Women should play 5 setters at Grand Slams for a start and on court coaching? Yuk? This system infantalises women. But tennis, in many ways, seems curiously old fashioned and reluctant to change IMHO .
@ ed in the noise dept it Granollers, can't remember and sorry if I'm dissing him, could give the women a run for their money..;)

deuce , 6/4/13 8:30 AM

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