Story of the match
Both these multi-faceted players remain in the women’s doubles draw and are ranked inside the doubles top 10, which was evident on Court Philippe-Chatrier on Sunday.
Smooth hand skills, supreme anticipation; the rallies were an absorbing watch.
Gauff shifted her body weight to deflect a backhand winner down the line to threaten an early break. Mertens, with 50 Grand Slam singles wins to her name, also made an encouraging start and stole a 2-1 lead off the back of persistent precision.
Gauff's transition play up the court was golden, the American connecting with a jumping backhand and pin-point volleys to draw level.
The duo were excelling in all-court tennis, Mertens clipping in a retrieval squash shot, Gauff managing to whip a backhand around the net post and was airborne for several shoulder-height strikes.