Another seed down. Kolya is out of the US Open. He lost 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 to Gasquet. It’s his quickest US Open exit since 2005.
This is awesome for Richie considering his latest results at Slams. It’s the first time since 2006 that he has reached the 3rd round at Flushing Meadows and the first time since the AO 2009 that he has advanced past the second round at a major. Let me just say he came to US Open with only 2 wins on the North American hard courts. He’ll face Kevin Anderson, who played 5 sets to beat Bellucci. I honestly think Richie has a solid shot of reaching the 4rd round.
Back to the match. Richie broke Kolya in the 6th game of the first set with a deep crosscourt backhand after the Russian had a 40-15 lead. He faced a break point in the following game but managed to consolidate the lead with a crosscourt backhand winner and closed out the set with a 127 MPH serve.
In the 2nd set, Kolya couldn’t convert a single break point and got broken after netting a backhand. The Frenchie didn’t miss the opportunity and served it out again with another ace. Things only got worse in the third set with him breaking twice to win the match.
As expected Richie’s backhand played a huge role in this match. There’s not much Kolya could do about it. His return let him down and he got really frustrated over failing to convert the break points he had. The Russian’s still struggling after being out for so long due to a broken left wrist and Richie seems to have found his old form. He lost only seven of 52 points on his first serve (87%). Allez to that.