In a recent interview, Richard Gasquet recalled his straight-set loss to Novak Djokovic in the US Open third round this year, by 6-2 6-3 6-3. The Frenchman admitted that Djokovic, who had an amazing second half of the season, had no chances.
'I could not put on a fight. Due to several mistakes I lost points that I should have won. In general, I had a good match. But Djokovic's game was perfect. He plays very fast and never fails. In terms of experience, this match is very important.
You need to play at this level more often', said Gasquet. Speaking about that match, Djokovic had said: 'One of the best performances I had in the hard court season after Wimbledon. Came at the right time because Gasquet is a tricky player, someone that has plenty of experience, someone that I know very well.
Obviously, he showcased today why he has one of the best backhands, one-handed backhands, in the game. I don't think he was playing bad. He was there. It seemed like he just needed a few points to break through. I was lucky to really save some crucial break points in the third set.
If he got back that break, who knows. He was playing well. I thought I was playing at a very high level from the first point. Very, very pleased with the performance.' ALSO READ: Rafael Nadal: Worse players than David Ferrer won a Grand Slam title