Although Richard Gasquet has a higher seeding (12 to 20) than countryman Gael Monfils, this matchup is a virtual coin flip.
The Frenchmen have had a friendly, competitive rivalry since their days as a pair of heralded juniors. Monfils leads their head-to-head count at 6-4, and he has won both their hard-court meetings 2014, in Doha and Montpellier. Gasquet, however, can draw on good vibes from a year ago, when he reached his first-ever Grand Slam quarterfinal here. Monfils' best showing in Flushing Meadows was the quarterfinals, achieved in 2010.
The two men have had unusualy similar journeys to this point in the tournament. Each has played a total of 109 points and won in their two matches in straight sets. Given that, both are likely feeling fresh coming into the match. Since he won their last two matches and is an expert at revving up these city crowds, Monfils might have a mental edge. But Gasquet’s stunning one-hander and aggressive game style could frustrate Monfils. It’s a matter of whether Gasquet allows Monfils to control the pace and, as a result, commits more errors – or whether he sets off another New York run to rival last year's.