Nadal corrects Gasquet again, end of Burel and Cornet: what to remember from the night at the US Open

Nadal corrects Gasquet again, end of Burel and Cornet: what to remember from the night at the US Open

The three Frenchmen who competed this Saturday in the third round of the US Open, Richard Gasquet, Alizé Cornet and Clara Burel, have been eliminated. Caroline Garcia and Corentin Moutet remain the last blue hopes in New York.

number 18

Swept 6-0, 6-1, 7-5 in 2h17, in the night session, Richard Gasquet suffered the 18th loss in as many matches against Rafael Nadal. The Biterrois summed up: “I don’t have the style of play to worry him. He is much stronger than me, he really nullifies all my strength and at no time did he manage to have a bit of strategy, a bit of air“. The 36-year-old semifinalist of the 2013 edition, like his tormentor of the night, played 47 sets against the Mallorcan and won only 4, the last one in 2008…

the standing ovation

At 6-0, 3-0, Gasquet opened his game account against Nadal. This provoked a standing ovation from the New York public, frustrated by the lack of entertainment. The Biterrois raised his arms in a cross to “celebrateThis first match, a somewhat cruel scene for a triple Grand Slam semifinalist, more than ever powerless against the immaculate Nadal.

the declared

It’s a little bigger than usual, but it’s still there, okay?terminator Nadal was injured on Thursday night at the level of the nose, during his second round against Fognini, after an unfortunate bounce of his racket in the face. A new injury for the champion with a bruised body. But against Gasquet, the big racket hit to the face was just a distant memory…

The record and the defeat

As in the Australian Open in the quarterfinals, Alizé Cornet suffered the law of the American Danielle Collins 6-4, 7-6 (11/9). In a very tight second set, without a break point, the niçoise hit three balls to equalize a set from all sides, but finally it was the 19th in the world who had the last word in the decisive match (11-9) in his second. turning point. As a reminder, the niçoise set in New York, at the age of 32, a new record of 63 participations in consecutive Grand Slam tournaments, improving the one she co-directs from Wimbledon with the Japanese Ai Sugiyama.

The lesson

End of course for Clara Burel. The 131 in the world, from the classification, was surpassed by Belarusian Aryna Sabalenka 6-0, 6-2. The 21-year-old Frenchwoman, who played her sixth match, affected by pain in her right thigh, did not exist before the 6me World Cup player, semifinalist last year, who will face the American Danielle Collins in the quarterfinals.

the number 8

After being sidelined at Wimbledon in response to the Ukraine invasion, the Russians and Belarusians take their revenge at the US Open. Men and women combined, that’s eight to reach the round of 16. Medvedev, Rublev, Khachanov, Kudermetova and Samsonova for the Russian side, Ivashka, Sabalenka and Azarenka for the Belarusians.

the prodigy

A quarter-finalist last year at 18, here is Carlos Alcaraz in this year’s Round of 16. He is the youngest player since Pete Sampras in 1989 and 1990 to reach the second week at the US Open two years in a row.

Marathon

Russian Andrey Rublev defeated Canadian Denis Shapovalov 6-4, 2-6, 6-7 (3/7), 6-4, 7-6 (10/7) after a four-hour fight. All in a super tie-break. In difficulties in recent weeks, the 11th in the world calms down a bit.

the patron saint

Roland-Garros winner Iga Swiatek had to work a bit to beat 105th-ranked American Lauren Davis 6-3, 6-4. Led 4-1 in the second act, the Pole lined up five games in a row to win in less than two hours and find the German Julie Niemeier (108th). Invincible, in spring with 37 victories and six consecutive titles, the number 1 in the world was somewhat slowed down in the irresistible momentum of him this summer.

The fight

Petra Kvitova had the last laugh against Spaniard Garbiñe Muguruza 5-7, 6-3, 7-6 (10/12). The Czech, winner at Wimbledon in 2014, will face the American Jessica Pegula (8th). A finalist in Cincinnati this summer, she ended up dominating the Spaniard in a high-flying decider, saving two match points at 6-5 against her. It is her sixth consecutive win at the expense of Muguruza, who had won her very first matchup.

the tribute

He is a person worthy of Mount Rushmore. An athlete of the stature of Michael Jordan or Tiger Woods“. Tribute signed Frances Tiaffoé to Serena Williams, who said goodbye to New York, on Friday night at 3me round. Tiaffoé continues his career after his victory over Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (9/7), 6-4, 6-4.


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