But Gasquet managed to use every trick in his book to just about stay in the second set and had a chance with three break points to pull back and he made it count on the third chance to force a rare mistake from Nadal.
And to the 34-year-old’s credit, he came close to doing what nobody has done since 2019 in taking a set against Nadal at the French Open.
However, Nadal turned it up a level when it mattered most to hold on for the second set.
Gasquet continued to trouble Nadal in the third on occasions with the world No 3 struggling to find a way through the Frenchman’s grit and determination to stay in the match.
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