IN IMAGES: Nadal's 16-0 streak vs. old buddy Gasquet

Nadal serves during his three-set win

Nadal serves during his three-set win

There are certain inevitabilities at Roland Garros.

The pair will meet for a 16th time with Gasquet looking to end Nadal's bid for an 11th French Open title in the third round."It's up to me to find the solutions".

Richard Gasquet hailed Rafael Nadal's "monstrous" game after being swatted aside by the 10-time French Open champion for the 16th consecutive time on Saturday (June 2), saying that "it's impossible" once the Spaniard gets his nose in front.

Domination of Roland Garros has come to be expected by Rafa Nadal and it continued as he saw off friend Richard Gasquet in Paris.

"Of course I have won a lot, and it can maybe influence my opponents".

Commentator John McEnroe, former American tennis player, responded by telling Eurosport: "That is very unusual but he has plenty of support - I wonder if he will do better than Gasquet?" "I started badly", Gasquet would say later. But with a racket in his hand, Nadal is ruthless with the player he calls "a good friend and a good person". Mertens won 6-3, 6-1 against No. 24 Daria Gavrilova.

"So I called my mum, and she said "You have to come back because you have to do exams" and I said 'I'm sorry, Mum, but Air France is on strike, I can not come back.' So I didn't come back and a few months later, my dream came true when I started to work at Tennis Magazine, the French one".

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On tap Sunday, the fourth round begins with Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco colliding for a 15th time.

Top seed and Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep and Russia's Maria Sharapova comfortably beat their opponents and progressed to the third round of the French Open here on Thursday.

Gasquet actually won their last encounter - but it was at the Kooyong Classic exhibition event this year.

In other men's third-round play, No. 8 David Goffin saved four match points in a 6-7 (6) 6-3 4-6 7-5 6-3 win against Gael Monfils.

Fabio Fognini beat Kyle Edmund 6-3, 4-6, 3-6, 6-4, 6-4, while Maximilian Marterer won 6-2, 6-1, 6-4 against Jurgen Zopp.

Marin Cilic has moved into the fourth round at a Grand Slam tournament for the 20th time, eliminating Steve Johnson of the USA 6-3, 6-2, 6-4.

Also, unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov completed a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win against 15th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France and next faces No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany. Gasquet was seeded 27th in Paris but has been ranked as high as No. 7 and made it to three Grand Slam semi-finals.

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