US Open R4 Preview: Richard Gasquet vs Milos Raonic

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Louis Armstrong Stadium Third Match

Probably the most competitive of the fourth round matches today, Richard Gasquet (Player Profile) looks to improve his horrible fourth round record at slams against the big serving Canadian Milos Raonic (Player Profile). It will be the second meeting between the two after Raonic won 7-6 6-3 in Cincinnati last year. Check out the Raonic v Gasquet Head to Head.

After an awful summer, Raonic found form in the US Open Series as he made the final of his home tournament in Montreal. Rafael Nadal would be too strong in the final but it would be his first Masters Final of his career. Early round matches against Thomas Fabbiano and Pablo Andujar were as comfortable as expected but it would be slightly tougher against Feliciano Lopez. The Spaniard took the first set before going down in four.

Meanwhile, Gasquet’s run was fairly similar with straight sets wins over Michael Russell and Stephane Robert to begin. Dmitry Tursunov caused Gasquet much more trouble splitting the first two sets and then pushing him in the third before eventually having to call it quits in the fourth set due to injury.

As eighth seed, Gasquet should go into this match as the favourite on paper. However, his record in fourth round suggests that it isn’t as clear cut as that. He is an awful 1-15 at this stage of a slam, including five times since the beginning of 2012. Losses to David Ferrer and Andy Murray aren’t so bad but against the likes of Florian Mayer and Stanislas Wawrinka he should be expecting to progress, especially as the latter he would be leading two sets to love before going down in five at the French Open this year.

Raonic has been broken just twice this tournament while Gasquet’s serve has not been quite as impenetrable and this could be decisive when it comes to the deep end of the match. The Canadian is coming into form at just the right time and has a great chance to go one better than his fourth round appearance last year.

Prediction: Raonic in 5

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