On a packed Philippe Chatrier, Richard Gasquet was impressive in brushing aside Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6(7), 6-2 and delighted the home crowd by becoming the first French player into the second week at Roland Garros.
Gasquet takes advantage of a discomfort Kyrgios
With the second highest ranked Frenchman left in the competition, the crowd came in their numbers to pack out court Philippe Chatrier. Richard Gasquet got off to the perfect start, having held his opening service game, it didn't take him too long before notching his first break points. The following game would see the Frenchman consolidate his break for 3-0. Kyrgios' first game would be a hold to love for 3-1. At this point, it was clear that the Aussie was troubled by his shoulder and called for a medical timeout.
Just two games later and the Frenchman would continue his impressive start and force another break point, this time at 30-40. He broke and with Kyrgios still feeling the shoulder, the set seemed all but over. However, the Australian wouldn't go down without a fight. With the ninth seed serving for the set, Kyrgios broke and got one of the breaks back. Having already saved a set point, this time on his own serve the 19 seed saved three, but couldn't save a fourth as Gasquet clinched the set 6-2.
Frenchman takes set on tiebreak
Following losing the opening set, a clearly frustrated Kyrgios incited a chorus of boos from the partisan French crowd after smashing his racquet against an advertising board next to his seat as he tried to regain his composure. Gasquet started the set by holding his serve, before battling in a lengthy game to gain his first break point of the set. The 21-year-old managed to save the point at the net and from then on in held for 1-1. At 2-1 in the longest game of the set, Kyrgios was forced to save two break points en route to holding and keeping intact with Gasquet.
As the set wore on former 2004 mixed doubles champion continued to frustrate the Canberra-born with his backhands and impressive serving. With the set all square at 5-5, it was Kyrgios' turn to get his first break point of the set, hitting a forehand winner, which flew past Gasquet. The Frenchman saved the break point and held on to go 6-5 up. The world number 19 pushed his French opponent to a tiebreak, which he would go on to lose 8-6 saving two set points.
Dominant Gasquet books spot in round four
The opening two games of the set were easy holds to love. Gasquet then grabbed an early break to start the third set, hitting a forehand winner to go up 2-1. A couple of games later with the score at 3-2, Kyrgios had a break point saved and from then on in Gasquet held for 4-2. In the upcoming game, the Frenchman made sure of his dominance and earned another break point to lead 5-2 continuing to frustrate the Australian.
The next game would clinch the match and book Gasquet's spot in the next round. The Frenchman has never reached a quarterfinal in Paris and would need to get past Kei Nishikori of Japan in the fourth round if this were to happen. The 29-year-old leads their head-to-head 6-2, with Nishikori winning their last two meeting in Madrid and Rome at the Masters 1000s events.