Williams announced her withdrawal at a news conference at Roland Garros on Monday.
"I have known him for a long time".
"Of course I have won a lot, and it can maybe influence my opponents". "All the guys who are still alive in this tournament have big chance to go far, so now the tournament becomes more interesting to watch and to play".
"I played very well, I'm sorry for Richard, he is a good friend and a good person", said Nadal. "And I followed her all her career", she said about the former Wimbledon victor from France.
"It will be a good match against a good friend in the most important place in my career, and for him a very special place, too".
Orages: 28 départements placés en vigilance orange par Météo-France
Toutefois, la situation n'est pas "complètement inédite" et les orages vont se poursuivre jusqu'au week-end prochain. Le centre-ville de Morlaix (Finistère) a subi d'importantes inondations après de violents orages , dimanche soir.
Earlier, she reached the fourth round with a dominant 6-2 6-1 win against Karolina Pliskova. The pair were regarded as two of the best young players of their generation as juniors, but Nadal has won 16 Grand Slam titles while Gasquet has never reached a final at the majors. "Each time he is hitting the ball, you have a good picture.it is always a pleasure to shoot Rafa".
No. 3 Marin Cilic eliminated Steve Johnson of the USA 6-3 6-2 6-4. Stephens next faces Anett Kontaveit of Estonia, who won 7-6 (6) 7-6 (4) against No. 8 seed Petra Kvitova.
Diego Schwartzman and Kevin Anderson, meanwhile, advanced to the next round after respective wins over Borna Coric and Mischa Zverev.
David Goffin saved four match points to close out his third-round tussle with Gael Monfils in just short of four hours after it was carried over from Friday. She won 12 consecutive points on her serve in one stretch.
On tap Sunday, the fourth round begins with Novak Djokovic and Fernando Verdasco colliding for a 15th time.
Should he and Fognini, who is also through to the round of 16 this year, both reach the quarterfinals, it will be the 2nd time in the Open Era that Italy has had multiple representatives in the quarterfinals of the men's singles at a Grand Slam.
Also, unseeded Russian Karen Khachanov completed a 6-3 5-7 6-3 win against 15th-seeded Lucas Pouille of France and next faces No. 2 Alexander Zverev of Germany.