Nadal eases into Roland Garros QFs, Wawrinka defeats Gasquet

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Rafa Nadal grabbed a straight sets victory to reach quarterfinals of Roland Garros 2013, whilst Stan Wawrinka came back from two sets down against Gasquet.

On his 27th birthday reigning French Open champion Nadal outclassed his adversary Kei Nishikori of Japan without giving away any service games. The thirteenth-seeded Japanese got the closest to upsetting the Roland Garros serial winner in the opening set where he squandered a couple of break balls in fourth game before suffering a loss of serve straight after, thus enabling Rafa to eventually bag the opener. Nishikori then held the first game of the set two, but was a mere observer from then on as Rafa broke him three consecutive times to extend the one set lead. The three-time ATP title holder Japanese improved in the set three, yet the fourth seed Spaniard did just enough to cross the finish line first again and complete an expected victory in slightly more than two hours of play. He slid into the quarter-finals by claiming his 56th victory in 57 matches at French Open. End score: 6-4, 6-1, 6-3.

Nadal’s quarterfinal opponent Wawrinka will certainly be the more exhausted of the athletes as he had to endure a five-set marathon against home crowd favorite Richard Gasquet, seed number seven. It was the Frenchman who got off to a better start by edging out the Swiss in the first set tie-break and closing out the second set backed by a one break advantage. He then walked Wawrinka close to the edge of the cliff by generating a double break ball in the middle of the following set, yet the recent Estoril winner had other plans – he set the stage for his miraculous comeback by breaking Gasquet when the latter was serving to stay in the set and leveled the terms just before the set four would go to another breaker. The decider was no less intense with the Swiss getting out of 15-40 at 5-5 and eliminating the local hero after breaking him in the fourteenth game. In the end he advanced with 6-7 (5), 4-6, 6-4, 7-5, 8-6 after spending four hours and twenty-one minutes on the court.

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