Kei Nishikori takes on Richard Gasquet in the men's singles fourth round clash at the 2016 French Open on Sunday (29 May).
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Japan's most famous tennis player Nishikori is one of the rising stars on the ATP circuit and he is most certainly living up to the hype. The World No 6 may not have won a clay-court tournament so far, but he has been one of the most consistent players this year.
Nishikori has taken this form into the ongoing French Open beating Simone Bolelli and Andrey Kuznetsov in straight sets while just about squeezing past Fernando Verdasco in the third round on 27 May. A win here might set him up for a probable quarter-final match-up with Andy Murray.
World No 12 Gasquet comes into this clash on the back of some impressive form beating Australian Nick Kyrgios 6-2, 7-6, 6-2 in the third round. Gasquet who is the home nation's last surviving hope leads head-to-head with Nishikori but goes into the game as the underdog.
Betting odds (betfair)
- Kei Nishikori to win: 2/15
- Richard Gasquet to win: 2
The duo have faced each other eight times in the past, with Gasquet leading the head-to-head 6-2. Nishikori however won the last time they met, beating him 6-1, 6-4 in round of 16 of the Rome Masters earlier this year.
French Open history
Nishikori and Gasquet have never faced each other in the French Open.