Richard Gasquet had had enough. The eighth seed entered Monday having lost 11 consecutive fourth-round matches at Grand Slam tournaments and 15 of 16 overall. For all his talent, the 27-year-old Frenchman had made only one major quarterfinal, at Wimbledon in 2007, when he advanced to the semifinals.
So after losing the first set to big-serving Milos Raonic in the fourth round of the U.S. Open, Gasquet let out his frustration the way any normal person would: He threw his sweaty socks on the court.
You can see video of the incident here:
Whatever bad mojo was in those socks stayed clear of Gasquet for the rest of the night. Gasquet saved a match point in the fourth set and came back to win 6-7 (4), 7-6 (4), 2-6, 7-6 (9), 7-5 in four hours and 40 minutes on an incredibly humid night. Gasquet withstood 39 aces and 102 winners total from the 22-year-old Canadian, who won more points (207-195) but wasn’t able to reach his first Slam quarterfinal.
“He played better down the stretch than I did,” Raonic said. “I think that was pretty clear.”
Gasquet will face David Ferrer in the quarterfinals.
Video via YouTube user DSDispatch.