Rafael Nadal beat Richard Gasquet at the US Open 2022 to reach the 4th round of the American Slam. The four-time champion of the tournament risks something only at the foot of the victory, in the third set. The initial 6-0 6-1 actually leaves very little room for interpretation.
The matter remains cursed for Gasquet, who hasn't won a set against the Spanish phenomenon since 2008. Nadal, who concedes something when he finds himself defending a 2-0 advantage even in the third set, takes a little breath and needs some more mental energy to break down the feeble wall of the Frenchman, realistically short of sufficiently good weapons to make an even match or at least to try.
However, Rafa breaks the balance at the foot of the tie break and with an incredibly simple bat he harpoons the victory. Waiting for him in the round of 16 Frances Tiafoe, who in three sets gets rid of Diego Schwartzman. If not the match of the season, at least the tournament.
Rublev survives an absolutely insane challenge against Shapovalov. He challenges that he meets quantity and quality in an extraordinarily balanced way. It would be enough to appeal to the winning / error balance to have a proof.
The Russian closes 38-37, the Canadian even 76-72. Despite a higher percentage of points with the first ball and a total point more (164 to 163 the final) at the threshold of four hours of play, the Canadian must surrender to the super tie break of the fifth set.
All extremely easy for Carlos Alcaraz, who in the early part of the day gets rid of with a triple 6-3 from Jenson Brooskby. In the second round the challenge with Marin Cilic, who with decidedly different times and methods instead breaks down the resistance of the British Daniel Evans.
The victory of Iga Swiatek should be recorded in the women's singles, which seems to have returned that of the thirty-seven consecutive victories, but above all that of Petra Kvitova against Garbine Muguruza. With the Spanish tennis player who wastes everything there is to waste.