Roger Federer (39 years old) and Richard Gasquet (37 years old) they will have to face each other for a place in the third round of the British Open. This Thursday, in the third shift of the center court and through the ESPN 2 screen.
Federer comes to this instance after the abandonment of Frenchman Adrian Mannarino in the first meeting, when the match reached the fifth set. Gasquet, for his part, defeated the Japanese Yuichi Sugita 7-6 (4), 4-6, 6-2 and 6-1.
It will be the 21st meeting between two old acquaintances, with a track record that greatly favors the Swiss, with 18 wins out of 2. The Frenchman won the first match between the two at the M1000 in Monte Carlo in 2005. Then Federer would record eight consecutive wins, the most notable being the finals of the M1000 in Hamburg in 2005, and the M1000 in Canada a year later. All three matches on grass were for Roger.
The match, scheduled for the third turn of the central court (approximately 13.30 from Argentina / 12.30 from Chile, 11.30 from Colombia / Mexico / Peru), can be seen on ESPN 2. The winner must face the local winner Cameron Norrie and the Australian Alex Bolt.