Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal is through to the fourth round at the French Open after a 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over No. 27 seed Richard Gasquet. He has now defeated the 31-year-old Frenchman in each of their 16 meetings. The match lasted one hour, 58 minutes as Rafa scored his record 81st career victory on the terre battue in Paris.
Rafa has now won his past 34 completed sets at French Open, breaking his own personal best of 32 in a row from 2007-09.
After the match, our champ had a quick knock around with a ballboy, who is a Rafa megafan. As one rally came to an end, our champ requested more balls. High-fives were all-round at the end of what must have been a brilliant experience for that young man.
In Monday’s fourth round match, Rafa will play No. 70-ranked Maximilian Marterer of Germany.