Gasquet, Kyrgios to face off

Frenchman Richard Gasquet and Nick Kyrgios of Australia face each other in the third round at Roland Garros on Friday.

Ninth seed Gasquet got past American Bjorn Fratangelo 6-1, 7-6(3), 6-3 and Australian 17th seed Kyrgios cruised past Igor Sijsling of the Netherlands 6-3, 6-2, 6-1.

On clay, Gasquet has won the last two matches against the Australian without losing a set.

In an interview with reporters, Gasquet said they knew each other games well having faced each other six times in the past with the Frenchman winning on four occasions.

“We have played each other many times. He’s been in the circuit, on the tour for two, three years now. I think I’m probably the player he’s played the most, which is quite surprising,” Gasquet said.

“It’s funny how we keep playing each other. And every time we play, the matches are pretty crazy. In Wimbledon, the two matches were crazy, and I hope [Friday’s] will be the same.

“But each time the matches against him are very surprising.”

Kyrgios said that he was expecting a tough match against Gasquet but was looking forward to Friday’s match.

“It will be a tough match. We are at Roland Garros, five sets. I think I could win,” said Kyrgios.

“I think me and Richard have had some really memorable matches. To be honest, some of my favourite matches I’ve played are against him.

“I’m looking forward to it. I’m sure he’s comfortable playing out here in front of his home crowd.”

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