Wimbledon Preview – Richard Gasquet Vs. Bernard Tomic
In a Wimbledon tournament that has turned into a survival of the fittest, Richard Gasquet is one of only a handful of ranked players that have survived to play in the third round. First it was Rafael Nadal getting tossed overboard by Steve Darcis of Belgium in straight sets 7/6, 7/6, 6/4. Next up was last year’s champion Roger Federer who was sent packing by Sergiy Stakhovsky of the Ukraine in four sets 6/7, 7/6, 7/5, 7/6. Milos Raonic, the 17th seed at Wimbledon, was the latest victim of the unseeded underdogs that have been running rampant through the first week of the tournament. On Thursday Raonic lost in straight sets to Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands (7/5, 6/4, 7/6). Those examples don’t even include the handful of seeded players that have fallen (literally) from injuries suffered on the slick courts this week.
Tomic has done his own damage so far in the tournament, taking out the highest ranked U.S. player in the tournament, Sam Querrey, by a 7/6, 7/6, 3/6, 2/6, 6/3 score. In the second round, Tomic rid the tournament of another U.S. player, James Blake, but this time in straight sets 6/3, 6/4, 7/5. He will get a chance to take out another seeded player in the third round in Gasquet.
Gasquet has done his part to survive through the first couple rounds of the Grand Slam. In the first round, Gasquet was able to overcome Marcel Granollers of Spain in four sets (6/7, 6/4, 7/5, 6/4), and then in the second round he needed four sets to dispatch Go Soeda of Japan (6/0, 6/3, 6/7, 6/3).
This will be the third time that Gasquet and Tomic have faced each other in their pro careers, both coming in the past two years. Last year, Gasquet defeated Tomic in the quarterfinals of the Thailand Open (7/6, 6/4), and then earlier this year they faced each other at the BNP Paribas Open tournament and Gasquet prevailed 7/6, 6/2.