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Gasquet takes on Nadal in the third round in Paris having been knocked out of the Australian Open by Roger Federer at the same stage.

With the draws in tennis pre-determined, Gasquet knew he was always likely to face Nadal at this stage of the tournament.

The Frenchman is yet to beat Nadal in 15 meetings on the ATP Tour with the world No 1 looking for his 11th title at Roland Garros.

And Gasquet knows he faces another tough task if he wants to make it into the second week in Paris.

“Well, you see it [the draw], you know it,’ he said after his second round win over Malek Jaziri.

“It was like Federer for the Australian Open. Even in the first round you play against good players, so you have to get through the first round.

“I had it in the back of my mind, but I had to first play the other matches. I knew it wasn’t going to be that easy.

“Obviously now it’s a different thing, but I’ll try to do my best (against Rafael Nadal).

“He’s extraordinary. We all know he is. So I’m not going to repeat that all day long.

“I’m just going to get on the court and try to play a good match. I tried to do it with Roger Federer in Australia, I’ll try to do it with Nadal. You have to be ready to play a good match, because you do want to do something.

“But I’m not going to think about it throughout the day and think he’s an incredible player; we all know it. I’ll try to play a good match.”

Nadal and Gasquet have grown up together, first meeting when they were 12.

And the 16-time Grand Slam winner has fond memories of their time spent together.

Nadal said: “First thing is he’s a very good person, no? He’s a very normal guy. We practised hundreds of times together. He came to Mallorca.”


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