Nadal Pounds Gasquet At French Open, Delpo, Cilic Cruise; Djokovic v Verdasco Mon.
by Staff | June 2nd, 2018, 5:00 pm

Rafael Nadal rolled into his 40th career Grand Slam fourth round pounding home favorite Richard Gasquet 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. The Frenchman had to wait until the fourth game to win his first point, much to the delight of the crowd on Chatrier.

Nadal has won 12 straight matches and 35 consecutive sets at the French Open. And he’s now won all 16 meetings with Richard Gasquet.

“It was an emotional thing for me to play with him here in this court,” Nadal said. “I don’t know what the others think. All I know is about me. What I know is I go to the court, and I know that I could very well lose. I can win, I can lose. I don’t come here saying, You can’t win against me.

“Of course I have won a lot and it can influence my opponents. But that’s their thing. It’s their problem. I can’t answer about that. Richard is someone I really appreciate. I’m just sorry that he had to play me again here. But that’s the sport.”

Nadal will next meet the 22-year-old lefty from Germany Maximilian Marterer who ended the run of lucky loser Jurgen Zopp.

“He’s a player that has a good potential,” Nadal said of the German. “He’s a player that has a good serve, good forehand. He hits the ball with big topspin. He has power, so he’s a dangerous opponent. He’s playing well. He won very easy today. Being in that round, winning good matches. He’s of course playing well.

“I need to take care about what’s going on. I hope to be ready to play a good match. I think I’m improving, too, every day, playing better and better. And that’s my goal and my way. I have another opportunity to practice tomorrow, to keep finding the right feelings, and then try to play the best match possible on Monday.”

The other favorites also won in the men’s draw on Saturday. Marin Cilic breezed past Steve Johnson 6-3, 6-2, 6-4. Juan Martin del Potro was a winner over former quarterfinalist ALbert Ramos Vinolas 7-5, 6-4, 6-1.

“I think I’m strong enough to keep doing well. It has been three difficult matches for me, but I played well and I know I could play even better in my next round,” del Potro said. “All the guys who are still alive in this tournament have big chance to go far, so now the tournament becomes more interesting to watch and to play.”

Diego Schwartzman joined countryman del Potro in the fourth round with an impressive 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victory over Borna Coric. John Isner kept American hopes alive and ended those for France in the men’s draw, beating Pierre Hugues Herbert in three sets.

No surprise, Fabio Fognini went five sets with Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4. And US Open finalist Kevin Anderson won in four over Mischa Zverev.

In the completion of two matches from Friday, Karen Khachanov finished off Lucas Pouille and David Goffin saved four match points to put an end to Gael Monfils in a fun five setter 6-7(8), 6-3, 4-6, 7-5, 6-3.

“I just had to control the point and to be aggressive,” Goffin said of the fourt set match points. “Because I knew if I gave him only one opportunity to take the point, he will take it with his forehand. So I had to be really aggressive, and that’s what I did.”

On tap Sunday, the fourth round begins with Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco colliding for a 15th time. Djokovic leads 10-4.

Dominic Thiem will try to pick up his first career win over Kei Nishikori. Alexander Zverev and Karen Khachanov will battle for a first Grand Slam quarterfinal and Goffin returns to face the surprise Marco Cecchinato.

“We know each other pretty well from juniors,” said Khachanov. “[He] is a tough opponent, but we are in the fourth round. Only the best players are still in the tournament, so hopefully it can be a good match.”

Court Philippe-Chatrier – Play starts at 11am
Madison KEYS (USA) [13] vs Mihaela BUZARNESCU (ROU) [31]
Dominic THIEM (AUT) [7] vs Kei NISHIKORI (JPN) [19]
Anett KONTAVEIT (EST) [25] vs Sloane STEPHENS (USA) [10]
Novak DJOKOVIC (SRB) [20] vs Fernando VERDASCO (ESP) [30]

Court Suzanne-Lenglen – play starts at 11am
Karen KHACHANOV (RUS) vs Alexander ZVEREV (GER) [2]
Barbora STRYCOVA (CZE) [26] vs Yulia PUTINTSEVA (KAZ)
Daria KASATKINA (RUS) [14] vs Caroline WOZNIACKI (DEN) [2]

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46 Comments for Nadal Pounds Gasquet At French Open, Delpo, Cilic Cruise; Djokovic v Verdasco Mon.

chofer Says:

A friend of mine now in RG told me this.

Press conference:

Delpo is finishing it when Serena enters the room for her next gathering with journos. As Delpo exists, stops Serena and ask her: ¿How are you, Serena? She just nods.

Ok. I won’t lie. I’ve never been a fan of Maria. But the more I know about Serena, the more I try to care and like her, the less I’m disinclined to make the effort. I just don’t like her, either.

Maybe Serena’s complaints about the “hearisay”of Sharapova’s coming book about “Her” are not that wrong: when it comes to arrogance, they REALLY were meant for each other. No matter who’s owning who.

I just had to day it to move on.

Feeling lighter, now.

chofer Says:

I meant “exits”, of course.

Nitesh Says:

Verdasco has slayed many seeded players in initial rounds in grand slams. But unfortunately he himself doesn’t go too far. Let’s see he says one more or the new Djokovic carries on his improved play.

Van Persie Says:


Second you on Serena & Masha thoughts.
But I have periods where I have respect for one or the other. They are both amazing tennis players. As persons, am not very impressed by them.This time I am more tolerant towards Masha.:) so, Goo Maria!

Just saw an interview with Toni Nadal on Eurosport, with Coretja.
I like Toni :) Looks like a fat version of Banderas ;)

Am also happy DelPo got further and, as much as I like Isner’s cute face, Vamos DelPo!

Also looking forward for Nole- Nando match. Am sure will be a good one…not to forget to mention also Thiem- Nishi.
Hope Dom prevails this time and…Nole idemo!

Willow Says:

Happy birthday Mr Rafael Nadal the one and only KOC ;-)

Willow Says:

Okie, Andi Mira, Giles fellow Rafa fans this is for us on his birthday enjoy ….

el_matador Says:

nishikori & dimitrov are the most “all firt,no poo” tennis players in the history of the game

el_matador Says:

this zverev-khachanov match is drug..& hopefully we’re gonna have lot more of this rivalry in the coming years in the latter stages of slams

el_matador Says:

bh of zverev is a beauty..someone here compared zverev with isner the other day & I cnt believe how..isner has the ugliest bh I’ve seen in atp

Margot Says:

S A S C H A! Yay! :) :) :) :) :)
Agree with el_matador about his back hand, rock solid and wondrous to behold. Forehand a much lesser weapon. Can’t help feeling that if he should survive to meet Rafa, Rafa will target that forehand.

Van Persie Says:

And we have Dom-Sascha QF. Awesome.


“Give me 5” progressed enough. Broke the ice, first GS QF for him No more 5 setter bext time, as Thiem will win in 4 ;)

Margot Says:

Was gonna ask you who you got VP, but you got there before me :) Am in very happy position of liking them both. May the best boy win…;)

j-kath Says:

El matador:

I believe I am the “guilty” person who mentioned Isner in relation to Sasha – my comment was mostly related to the advantage of height in the serving department -i.e. Isner (and other very tall players) depend quite a lot on serve. Andy Murray and a few others can usually blunt big servers – but nonetheless it is a “weapon” feared by many. Sasha is tall and also has a fierce serve – plus other skills which he is rapidly developing. That said, Isner game is actually becoming more rounded.

I’m sure you will agree that we are both equally entitled to our view.

Daniel Says:

Zverev wants to relocate juergen first win when he won four five set matches.

Djoko and Verdasco in 3 long games to start the match. Almost 50 points in 3 games alone and they are still deuce

el_matador Says:

tall players(isner,karlovic,anderson etc) tend to have great serve & fh but very weak bh & movement..zverv’s bh is stronger than his fh & his movement is not quite bad..& he doesn’t have a deadly serve like I cnt relate him to these tall players who only know how to serve & hit a fh..but as u said,we’re entitled to our views

chofer Says:

@Van Persie

Agree. I’ll watch not because of tennis, but out of morbo:)) Who doesn’t like a cattyfight? This time I’m with Maria. I hope she wins, just to see Serena go nuts for the next 14 years. But I don’t really care. And I was talking as persons. As champions, they’re undeniable.

They’re like champions of yore. Hungry and angry.

BTW, WTF Nishichoker? You have a 2-0 advantage but you always play subpar at GS. I shoulda know better. Good for Domini, who you all know I’m not very turned on. I hope a good match with Zverev.

Bring your helmets for tomorrow’s Delpo-Isner. Will be funnier than it seems. I can tell.

el_matador Says:

I dnt want it to be funny..I want isner to miss some 1st serves, play a shit service game every set & a comfortable straight set win for our man..vamos delpo!!

Margot Says:

H2H is closer than I thought- 6-4 to JMDP. C’mon Juan! And cheering for Serena as well. H2H is a little more in her favour there….;) But if Shoutypova can’t beat her at the mo., she never will.

Van Persie Says:

No worries, Chofer, I knew you meant theur personalities.

Yep, Margot, now or never for Maria. Will be an interesting contrast on court tomorrow, when they will play :)

Looks like Nole would play Cecchinato for QF, assuming they both win today.

Van Persie Says:

Did not know JMDP vs Isner is 6-4. Pretty close. Tbink and Hope DelPo wins this. Clay should be in his favour this time

Daniel Says:

See, Djoko is title contender ready;-)

He may get Italian in QF which will be no trouble for him or a exhausted Goffin after several long matches and playing back tobacco days (Goffin will need to do it in 5).

Djoko is in semis already where he will wait the winner of Zverev x Thiem, which can turn to be another marathon. He is playing great and experience will show. the format with a day rest, actually he will plays semis on Thursday so 2 days before final favors him as well.

Also he is much driven than last year and don’t expect a loss like he had against Thiem. He has 3 of the last 4 finals in Rg and can make another this year.

Hope he is fully BACK!

Daniel Says:

The only shot he needs to sharpen until finals is his BH DTL, he is missing far to much, wide and long. Maybe a bit if trust issues. His cross court BH angles in great and FH working, also serving with less and less DF. Smashes is still Djoko like level.

Van Persie Says:


Starrting to think he might make it to finals.

Would be ironic if he won the FO , after such a s*ity start of season, and he missed it several times, when he was in his best shape. Lol

Van Persie Says:

And I agree, he has still a lot to improve but am impressed with his progress so far, when I remember his matches in Miami and IW

Margot Says:

Agree with you Daniel, in my bracket I had Nole going out to Goffin but if it is Goffin, and that looks a bit unlikely at the mo., there is no way that scenario will happen.

Margot Says:

And Gofin is out. Too much tennis.

chofer Says:


The last two matches against Delpo (Paris Bercy and Miami) Delpo was running on fumes. Exhausted. Kaputt. So don’t be so surprised. Isnar played like crap anyways in Paris, but awesome in Miami.

Which Isner will show up? I say Delpo NEEDS to breack his serve in the first set or at least early in the second to have chances. Once he’s broken ALL his game goes down.

He’s absolutely dependant on that stroke. Let’s see. So far, he’s unbroken…

Daniel Says:

Thiem is 4-2 versus Zverev, but Zverev wont most important one recent Madrid final.

chofer Says:

Daniel, that is intringuing. I say Nishikori played like crap and Thiem seems to have turned on by the French. He’s the freshest of the two, so he should win on the paper. But… Zverev’s serve is not Nishikori’s. And Thiem doesn’t strike as a particular good returner.

Let’s see, I don’t forget many of the Slams breaktroughs came in the form of several back to back 5 setters. Wilander’s in 82. Guga Kuerten’s in 97…

j-kath Says:

Had a quick wee search on Marco Cecchinato – he is the Italian No.3 (after Fabio and Seppi) – (Bolelli is the No. 7). Marco was banned for 18 mnths. (for some kind of match fixing)…may be a “wild card” – didn’t see his match with Goffin – who was tired – but nonetheless could he be dangerous?????

el_matador Says:

the only defeat against isner that hurts me is the 2013 cincinati semi..if delpo could win that match,he would have quite a good chance to win his first 1000 masters against rafa in the final..he blew it..

chofer Says:

el matador

I don’t remember that match too well. I remember Delpo saying afterwards his writ hurted a little. Granted, he had a crappy US Open, his favorite court in the world, and that was the last year he played the full schedule. Early on 2014 he had the three surgeries.

He’s player who listens a LOT to his body now. So, if he’s not giving his best effort now it’s because something is wrong. He was not to play the French. He suffered a groin injury in Rome in his match with Goffin. Because the lack of matches in this surface. He forgot how to slide. Simple as that. He recovered just in time.

In Miami he just knew he would lose against Isner. In fact, I was surprised he reached the SF at all. The only two matches he played really BAD this year were the ones he lost to Berdych at the AO and Lajovic at the Madrid Open. He didn’t closed him out in the third set with a good draw ahead of him. But, to me, it’s comprehensible. Lajovic was un unknown quantity on clay (ask Zverev now) and Delpo didn’t step on a clay court for THREE years!!

That’s why I said this man can be as unpredictable as special. He’s not supposed to play at all after three life career-threatenin surgeries. The only thing he needs to recover his memory of clay is slide. Slidin’, you have less chances to get hurt. The majority of fast court player don’t know how to do it. Certainly not Isner.
He will need to hit behind a lot. But so does the American.

chofer Says:

Footwork on clay is totally different than fast courts. That’s where, among meny things, Rafa is light years ahead of the rest. It coiomes naturally to him. Only a healthy and confident Djokovic can slide as well as the Spaniard.

Delpo learnt the game on clay. For a tall men, he was the best slider of them all, bar none. He needs matches to recover that memory.

Okiegal Says:

@Willow……Just now got around to checking in on TX….. thanks for the above link! We will see soon if there is another GS match point! I hope he had a restful 32nd birthday! BTW I have never watched his next opponent…… but I’m sure team Rafa has!

VAMOS!! 💪💪

Giles Says:

Willow. Thanks for the link.

Anto Says:

One a totally unrelated note. I am leading the bracket (for now). Yay.

Anto Says:

*On. Stupid typo.

gonzalowski Says:

glup Anto, I hope you don’t win, 😉 for sure you picked Nole as winner, didn’t you?

Anto Says:

@gonzalowski, No way i am betting anyone other than Nadal to win this FO. And I had Nole to go out in QF to Goffin, which as we know is not happening.

gonzalowski Says:

Aha ok, then I’m with you 😊

gonzalowski Says:

Ok Halep and Kasatkina didn’t make it “Despacito” but actually fast, so Rafa and Marterer will show up soon…

chofer Says:

I didn’t play the game, but I had Rafa-Delpo Nole-Zverev for the SFs.

I wouldn’t play thee women. It’s impossible.

I’m second guessing the German with these conditions. Heavy courts may favour Thiem.Let’s see.

RZ Says:

Chofer – you should play next time! With those picks you would have done quite well.

Daniel Says:

chofer, that are exactly my semis picks. But I decided to go bold agaisnt the flow and pick Novak for the title over Nadal. Everybody will go with Nadal so I chose agaisnt the odds;-)

Daniel Says:

DelPo a break up in third set 4-2, reading for a triple 6-4 score. Perfect for him, as he navigated well through his draw. No five sets not marathon matches. Hope he saves the best for last.

Daniel Says:

Wow, Cilic in trouble. Will play a decider with Foggy who will serve first. Thought he was heading for a straight set win.

Wasn’t it Sean who picked Foggy for semis? Maybe he will be right after all.

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