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Data check: Nadal-Gasquet duel becomes joint-most one-sided head-to-head contest in Open era

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Rafael Nadal celebrated his 35th birthday in style with a straight-sets win over Richard Gasquet on Thursday to reach the French Open third round.

Nadal, the 13-time champion in Paris and chasing a record-setting 21st Grand Slam title, won 6-0, 7-5, 6-2 to register his 17th career victory in 17 meetings with France’s 53rd-ranked Gasquet.

Nadal’s record against Gasquet is the joint-most one-sided head-to-head contest in Open era history.

The last time Gasquet won a set against Nadal was way back in 2008 at the ATP Masters 1000 event in Toronto with the Spaniard winning 31 sets in a row against the Frenchman.

Most Dominant Tour-Level Head-to-Head Records (Open Era):

Player Opponent Head2Head Bjorn Borg Vitas Gerulaitis 17-0 Novak Djokovic Gael Monfils 17-0 Roger Federer David Ferrer 17-0 Roger Federer Mikhail Youzhny 17-0 Ivan Lendl Tim Mayotte 17-0 Rafael Nadal Richard Gasquet 17-0

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