French Open predictions: Nadal to win title No 11? But with a racket in his hand, Nadal is ruthless with the player he calls "a good friend and a good person".
Nadal has made it known that he will not be taking Gasquet lightly.
With clubbing forehands, Nadal streaked ahead 4-0 in the second set and did the same in the third, before Gasquet finally held serve after a long fifth game.
A brilliant shot which also summed up Gasquet's career: exquisite talent, including one of the best backhands in tennis, but little end product.
It was only a brief rally, as Nadal responded in his usual clinical way.
ROLAND GARROS, Paris, 2005: Their first meeting at a Grand Slam. "He hits the ball with big topspin", Nadal said. "He has power, so he's a risky opponent", Nadal said.
Sharapova has only played Pliskova once before, winning in the 2015 Fed Cup final in straight sets, although the Czech Republic went on to lift the trophy.
Gasquet's progress so far has been relatively smooth with the only blip being a dropped set against Malek Jaziri in the second round, although that was a match he otherwise dominated.
The dudes abide. Sascha Zverev abide, becoming just the eighth player to win three consecutive five-setters at Roland Garros.
On tap Sunday, the fourth round begins with Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco colliding for a 15th time. The only man to beat Nadal on clay this season, Dominic Thiem, couldn't take him on again until the final. "But I can't put into question the fact that I chose to train as best possible for the clay courts to face the season, and if I had to do it again, I'd do it". "All I know is about me", he said. All I know is about me.
In 1987, when Dubreuil was 16, she went to Roland Garros for the first time and she took pictures of Evert, who had been playing on Court One.
I think this is a match where Gasquet can win sets and keep it competitive, but he has to do something different. You know, I just hope that I'm going to be with my performance on a high level to serve as good as I served today.
"Of course I have won a lot, and it can maybe influence my opponents".
The Spaniard was already the favourite to defend his French Open crown but now that plenty of seeds have fallen in Paris, the path is clear for him to secure an 11th title in Paris. 2016 women's champion Garbine Muguruza, Maria Sharapova and Fabio Fognini have all booked theirplaces in the last-16.
The 25th-seeded Estonian advanced by beating two-time Wimbledon champion Petra Kvitova 7-6 (6), 7-6 (4). Stephens will be squaring off against No. 25 Anett Kontaveit.
Unseeded Ukrainian Lesia Tsurenko defeated 19th-seeded Slovak Magdalena Rybarikova 6-2, 6-4. He'll next face No 11 seed Diego Schwartzman, a 7-5, 6-3, 6-3 victor against Borna Coric. The 13th seeded Indo-French team beat the Brazilian-Polish combo 6-4 7-6 (1) in one hour and 30 minutes in the third round.