May 26, 2017

Rafael Nadal Defeats Richard Gasquet to Reach US Open Final


(September 7, 2013) No. 2 Rafael Nadal has moved into the finals of the US Open with a 6-4, 7-6(1), 6-2 victory over eighth seed Richard Gasquet on Saturday. Nadal will face Novak Djokovic in the Sunday final, his 18th Grand Slam final. This ties Nadal with Pete Sampras for the third most in history behind Roger Federer and Ivan Lendl.

The victory was Nadal’s 21st straight win on a hard court, extending his perfect record on the surface this year.

For Gasquet, he became the Frenchman to reach the semis of the US Open since Cedric Pioline in 1999.

“I made the semifinals, so for sure for me it’s a big step,” Gasquet said.  “Last time I did it was six years ago, very long for me.

“But of course it’s very nice to finish a tournament and to be in semifinal.  Of course I’m a little bit disappointed.  I think I was close to win the second set.  I could do the break in the second, you never know what could happen in the third.

“But I think he was little bit better than me.  No problem with that.  Of course it’s a very good tournament for me.”
Nadal will meet No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the US open Final, it will be the 37th time the two rivals have played each other.

“I gonna try my best to win on Monday,” Nadal said.  “But be the second will not make the difference.  What makes the difference is win the US Open.  That’s most important and win one or second, no?  Either one for me means the same.  That match means the same if I already had one or doesn’t matter.  At the end, for me the only important thing is the US Open.  That’s the most important thing.”

Nadal has now reached the final in 12 of 13 tournaments, winning 9 of them. Nadal was off the tour for seven months with a knee injury, returning to the tour back in February.

“Novak is a great opponent,” Nadal said.

“And when you have the chance to win against the most difficult players, is true that the victory is more special.  But not in a final of the US Open. The final of the US Open, what really is important is win the tournament, not the opponent. final of the US Open, what really is important is win the tournament, not the opponent.”