At 36, Richard Gasquet still has a green foot. On court 17, with small narrow stands and taken by storm a good twenty minutes before the match, the Biterrois nicely mastered the American Mackenzie McDonald in four sets and 2h31 (6-3, 3-6, 6-4 , 6-3), to propel themselves to the 3rd round of Wimbledon. And on this match, the little fear will have finally caught up with him only at the time of concluding the game, when Gasquet committed three double faults including two on his first two match points before folding the case on the fourth!
So the grass always suits her complexion. Double semi-finalist at Wimbledon (in 2007 and 2015), Gasquet continues to tame the English grass with wisdom and talent, but also a lot of passion and commitment to the game. Thursday, against the 55th world American, the Frenchman in any case released an intense and very solid part.
And it is with constancy that he mastered McDonald, much more erratic, him. Apart from a second set where the Californian managed to reduce playing time behind an effective first ball, it was Gasquet who had things in hand and a regularity in the exchange which ended up wringing McDonald’s, which was far too expensive ( 52 unforced errors against 27 for the French).
First Grand Slam third round since US Open 2018
Dynamic and always carried by this backhand a long line of effective and silky at will, Gasquet therefore slips into the third round of the British Major and that’s not nothing. Since the US Open 2018 and ten consecutive Grand Slams, he had not crossed the bar of the second round in Major! His gaze is now turned to the Dutchman Botic Van de Zandschulp, seeded n°21 and winner at the same time of the Finn Emil Ruusuvuori in four sets (3-6, 6-1, 6-4, 6-4).