Richard Gasquet refuses to head into his second-round match at the French Open with Rafael Nadal carrying any excess tennis baggage.

The pair who both turn 35 this month have played 16 times at the pro level with king of clay Nadal winning all of them.

It seems the only time Gasquet got the better of the Spaniard was back in the junior days when he won a match between the 13 year-olds.

But that’s old news to the Frenchman, who refuses to dwell on ancient history.

 “It’s such bullshit that I’d rather not hear it anymore, I’ve heard it a thousand times maybe,” Gasquet said after booking his second-round spot at his home Grand Slam.

“I hear it a lot, that’s how it is, it’s part of me – ‘you beat him at 13… I know!

“What do you want me to tell you ? It’s good that I was compared to Nadal after all; 

“Looking back, that I’ve been compared to the greatest player of all time, maybe, that’s certainly flattery. 

“At first, I didn’t take it that way, but the more time goes by, in fact, I tell myself that it’s not so bad.”


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