Gael Monfils and Richard Gasquet will meet in the third round of the 2014 US Open.
Gael Monfils has yet to drop a set in his first two matches, defeating his most recent opponent, Alejandro González, in 29 quick games. In the round two victory, Monfils hit 45 winners, eight aces and won 75 percent of his first serve points. For the first time in quite a while, Gael Monfils seems to be all business and less playful on the tennis court. Usually he plays to the crowd and seems to not take the game seriously, but he seems focused in this tournament and hungry to make a deep run. Monfils has now won five of his last seven single matches, with the only two losses coming from Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic. Unfortunately for Gael Monfils, he has been eliminated in eight of his last nine major appearances, although did reach the quarterfinals of this year’s French Open.
Despite playing in two tiebreakers, Richard Gasquet has also yet to drop a set in his first two matches. Gasquet’s most recent victory came against Paolo Lorenzi, a match that needed just 31 games to be decided. In the victory, Gasquet hit 14 aces, 51 winners and won 71 percent of his net points. Gasquet has seemed to have found his rhythm after what has been a poor season in majors, which includes a second round exit in this year’s Wimbledon. Richard Gasquet has shown he’s still capable of playing at a high level but he’s also been wildly inconsistent and every once in a while will forget to show up with his A-game. However, Gasquet has had some recent success at the US Open, reaching the fourth round in 2012 and the semifinals last season.
This will be the 11th time these two have played, and Gael Monfils leads the series, 6-4. Monfils has also won both meetings this year in straight sets. Monfils has also won their only other meeting at the US Open, which was back in 2010. Richard Gasquet did win their match in the 2007 Australian Open and his most recent win over Monfils was in Montpellier back in 2013.
Gael Monfils is more than capable of giving anybody a hard time when he’s 100 percent focused. Until he starts acting up with the antics, you should feel confident in backing him for the victory.