Gasquet saves match point to rally past Raonic

Monday, September 02, 2013 /by
Photo by Anita Aguilar
Photo by Anita Aguilar

NEW YORK (AP)—Richard Gasquet overcame a match point and 39 aces from big-serving Milos Raonic to make his second Grand Slam quarterfinal with a 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (9), 7-5 victory Monday night.

No. 8 Gasquet came in with a 1-15 record in Grand Slam fourth-round matches. He'll face fourth-seeded David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.

No. 10 Raonic's 39 aces were third most in U.S. Open history. He had match point at 8-7 in the fourth-set tiebreaker, but Gasquet came to the net and Raonic couldn't get a passing shot by him. The match went 4 hours, 40 minutes on a steamy night in New York.

Gasquet's only previous fourth-round victory in a Grand Slam came at Wimbledon in 2007. He had lost 10 straight fourth-rounders since.

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