French tennis player Richard Gasquet has finally found a way to beat the great Rafael Nadal as the Frenchman had a good day at the office on the opening day of the Priceline Pharmacy Kooyong Classic. The world No. 31 got the job done in straight sets against the 16-time Grand Slam champion at the popular Australian exhibition 6-4 7-5.
The Spaniard has a 15-0 head-to-head record against Gasquet at the ATP level -- but the Frenchman certainly won't throw away his Kooyong win over the world No. 1. Nadal was playing his first match of the season as he wasn't ready to participate at last week's Brisbane International.
Nadal's fellow compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta recovered from a terrible first set against rising star David Goffin to avoid becoming the second Spaniard who had lost his match on Tuesday at Kooyong. The 2017 US Open semi-finalist earned a 1-6 7-6 (4) 6-3 win over 2017 Nitto ATP Finals runner-up Goffin.
Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka defeated 2012 Kooyong champion Bernard Tomic -- who was playing his first match of the season. The world No. 169 lost just six games on his way to beating the Australian in the last match of the day at Kooyong 6-3 6-3.
Tomic is now due to reach Melbourne Park as he will be featuring this week's Australian Open qualifying -- which starts tommorow. The 25-year-old was eyeing to get some competitive action under his belt before the qualifying event.
In the lone match of the women's event, Germany's Andrea Petkovic edged local rising star Destanee Aiava. The 17-year-old won the first set but couldn't get the win as experienced Petkovic took a 3-6 6-3 6-2 win.