Nadal-Gasquet, the secret story of one-sided domination

DECRYPTION – The Frenchman, who has never beaten the Spaniard in 16 encounters, tries his luck again on Thursday, perhaps for the last time in his career. A look back at two decades of duels between rivals who have become friends.

Nadal, the only great player that Gasquet has never beaten on the ATP circuit

The statistics between the two men are terrible: 16 confrontations, 16 victories for the Spaniard since 2004. Turning the knife a little more in the wound, we realize that Gasquet has not taken a single set to “Rafa»For 12 matches, in 2008! An eternity. Nadal is the bête noire of Béziers who has hooked all the greatest players of his generation to his record: Roger Federer (twice in twenty confrontations), Novak Djokovic (once in seventeen confrontations), or even Andy Murray ( four times in twelve confrontations). At 34, Gasquet is trying his luck again to make it to the third round of the Paris tournament, perhaps for the last time in his career. Impossible mission ?

The two rivals at The 2013 US Open after a victory for Nadal in three sets. Panramic

A rivalry that began in 1999 … with a victory for the adolescent Gasquet

Richard Gasquet was never able to defeat Rafael Nadal on the ATP circuit, it’s true, but he still beat him… at home

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