2019 Madrid Open – Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet Preview & Prediction

AT A GLANCE

Where is Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet taking place? The Magic Box, Madrid

When is Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet on and what time does it start? Tuesday 7th May, 2019 – 20:00 (UK)

What channel is Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet on? This match will not be televised live in the UK

Where can I stream Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet? This match will be streamed live for subscribers of Amazon Prime

Where can I get tickets for Roger Federer vs Richard Gasquet ? https://www.madrid-open.com/en/tickets-mutua-madrid-open/

THE LOWDOWN

ROGER FEDERER

  • Roger Federer has lost just two matches this year with an 18-2 record and looks as imperious as ever as he aims to win his fourth Madrid Open title.
  • The 37-year-old has played in three finals this year, winning in Dubai and Miami but losing out to Dominic Thiem in Indian Wells. This will be his first match on clay in three years.
  • Federer has beaten his opponent Richard Gasquet 17 times out of their 19 meetings, including the last nine in a row.

RICHARD GASQUET

  • Richard Gasquet made it past Spaniard Alejandro Davidovich Fokina in two close-knit straight-sets in the first found of the Madrid Open.
  • The 32-year-old Frenchman, owner of one of the game’s most celebrated backhands, is currently ranked 39th in the world after half a year away due to injury.
  • Gasquet has a quite miserable 2-17 record in his head-to-head with second-round opponent Roger Federer, but both of his victories over the Swiss have been played on clay.

THE PREDICTION

Roger Federer has defeated Richard Gasquet 17 times, including in a round of 16 fixture at this tournament in 2012, and although the years have rolled on, the Swiss is still favourite to reach the finals of any tournament he graces. Gasquet is a popular player, but would have seen this tournament as a warm-up on his return from injury even before he was paired with the four-time former Madrid Open champion. He will be pleased with a good performance in defeat here, and his main hope will be Federer's potential rust on clay, having not played on the surface for three years.