PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal storms into French Open fourth round

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.


  1. Rafa how very well done for you against your pal Richard Gasquet.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY for tomorrow.

    Have a great game tomorrow, and celebrate your precious birthday.

    I thought that was wonderful that you had a hit up with the ball boy, and how honourable and humbling of you.The ball boy will remember that for his life.

    love and prayers,


  2. Well done Rafa!!!
    All the best for your future matches!
    Also how wonderful the ball boy must be feeling – what a chance!!!
    You are just adorable! Love you!!’

  3. Rafa, I always like you to win big, but I did not mind Gasquet winning a couple games. He is a really nice guy and a long time friend of yours. Have a wonderful birthday even though you will celebrate later. What a special person you are. I love how you treat everyone with kindness and respect.

  4. Other third round winners today:

    Schwartzman over Ćorić in 3

    Anderson over M. Zverev in 4

    Fognini over Edmund and Goffin over Monfils in 5


  5. I really like Gasquet, so i’m glad he didn’t get bageled, especially in front of his home crowd. The inevitable happened as Rafa did what he had to do without expending too much energy. Good job champ!

  6. Thank you, Rafa, once again for a good match. It is a pleasure to watch you play. U are ever so humble and down to earth.
    U need to take some rest. Love you always, Rafa 💚💛💜💝💟💙💖💖💖💖❤😍😍😍😍😍😍😍🌻🌼🌻🌺🥀🌹🏵⚘🎉🎉🎉🎉

  7. Rafa el partido shapoo…insuperable…cuantos mas partidos mejor juegas…suerte para el pròximo…creo k no le conoces por haber jugado con el…adelante y siempre contigo!!!

  8. Best match so far. So happy for you. Take rest, enjoy your free day tomorrow and than all the best for the second week. Vamos Rafa <3

  9. Well done to Rafa – not a great match tennis wise as i thought it was a bit flat in atmosphere but straight sets will do for me.

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