Richard Gasquet has tipped Novak Djokovic to win the French Open after the Serb’s demolition of nine-time champion Rafael Nadal in the quarter-finals.
The French ex-world No7 was in the stands for most of the clash, which Djokovic won in straight sets, and says there’s nothing stopping the world No1 now from capturing his first Roland Garros title.
While facing Nadal may have come prematurely in the tournament for Djokovic, due to the Spaniard’s lower seeding this year, Gasquet believes following up that win with two more is well within the top seed’s reach.
“I think Djokovic is used to it, he’s an incredible player so now he’s very happy with the way he played and he’ll take a lot of confidence after that,” said Gasquet, who lost to Djokovic in the fourth round this week.
“He doesn’t need to think about beating Rafa in the quarter-finals. Now he’s ready to compete again in semis. It took a lot of confidence after beating Rafa here in three sets on centre court. I think for sure he’s a big favourite of the tournament.”
Djokovic is undefeated in 15 matches on clay this season and is on a 27-match winning streak. He has won the opening grand slam of the season along with four Masters 1000 titles in 2015 and is 4,610 points ahead of world No2 Roger Federer in the ATP rankings.
Asked if he felt Djokovic is at a different level than the rest of the players, Gasquet said: “Of course he is. He’s No1 in the world, he hasn’t lost much this year. For me, he’ll win the tournament. He’s the favourite and we saw it on the court today (in the quarter-finals).”
Djokovic faces Andy Murray in the second semi-final on Friday, following the conclusion of the showdown between Stan Wawrinka and Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, who are both gunning for a maiden final in Boulogne.