Prodigies as youths, Rafael Nadal and Richard Gasquet meet again

Thursday September 5th, 2013
Richard Gasquet won his second consecutive five-set match in a thriller against David Ferrer.
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As upsets go this was Usain Bolt beating Mo Farah at his own game. And now Gasquet not only has a chance to make his deepest run ever at a Slam, but rewrite his reputation as an underachiever who coasts on talent. That meeting in Tarbes half a lifetime ago, preserved for eternity in a YouTube clip that Gasquet still checks out from time to time, promised so much for the Frenchmen. He seemed destined to do great things. If not now, when?

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