PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Richard Gasquet to reach third round in Cincinnati

Top seed Rafael Nadal is through to the third round of the Western & Southern Open in Cincinnati after seeing off Richard Gasquet on Wednesday night.

Gasquet made Rafa work for it, but Rafa ultimately broke Gasquet’s serve once in each set and put the contest away in straight sets, 6-3 6-4, following an approximately 35-minute-long, pre-match rain delay.

The victory allowed Rafa to improve to 44-6 on the year in singles matches as he pursues his fifth title of 2017.

After the match Rafa said:

I think I played a solid match. I think Richard has a great backhand, and his best shot probably goes against my best shot, too. That probably can make the difference.

I work every day to play better. It’s obvious that was an important start for me, a good one. Now I have another opportunity tomorrow to go on court and play another match. I hope to be ready to play well tomorrow. I think I can do it, because I have been practising well.

Rafa will next face unseeded countryman Albert Ramos-Vinolas, who defeated Rafa’s Wimbledon conqueror Gilles Muller 5-7, 6-4, 6-4.


  1. Well done Rafa, you are sure looking great.

    Yellow definitely suits you,but for that matter so does white.

    All the best for next game,

    love and prayers,


  2. Wvamossssssssssssssss Rafa you are playing tennis very good .congratulations 🎾🎾🎾🎾👍👍👍👍😇😇😇😇🇺🇸❤️

  3. you are always amazing for me – thank you for not just winning but for being who you are – a great man – GOOD LUCK RAFA

  4. Looking fantastic. Nothing like the last match in MOntreal, thank god, of course it was Gas who Rafa owns, but there were no apparent problems in Rafa’s game.

  5. Well done Rafa- Poor Gasquet can’t catch a break:) 15 straight defeats (wins?)- you’re so mean Rafa; On to the next one!

    PS, looking good out there champ!

  6. Great start to tournament👏👍💪stay healthy-good luck🍀 Such a gruelling schedule-even some of the younger players look tired. Injuries are becoming
    more frequent😠

  7. Congrats Rafa – amazingly played 😍👍🏻 Good luck in next round 🍀🤗

    VAMOOS!! 🎾💪🏼

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