For his eighteenth consecutive participation in the US Open, Richard Gasquet qualified for the second round where he will meet the winner of the match between Miomir Kecmanovic (36th) and Learner Tien. If the 36-year-old Frenchman had won only three matches here since his quarter-final in 2015, he started his meeting very well against Taro Daniel (95th in the world) by breaking him from the start to then ensure the gain of the first run.
Showing the blow in the second set, seeming in particular to suffer from the heat, he gave up the round after a quickly abandoned tie-break. But his great merit – his great experience? – will have been knowing how to bounce back by shortening the exchanges against a Japanese who was also blunt and who did not manage to win a second game at Flushing Meadows in his career.
Well helped by the faults of Taro Daniel, and especially by his flashes and his ability to surprise his opponent with some of his famous paws, Gasquet quickly stood out in the third set before leading 3-0 in the fourth set. . Unbroken, the French, assisted by free points on service (75% of points earned on first balls), ended up strong.