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When Is Gasquet Going To Fulfill His Potential?

Whenever I see Richard play, I can't help but think he is one of the most talented players I have ever seen in my life. His shot making ability and his strokes are flawless. His forehand is awkward yes, but most of the time it holds up well and is a weapon most of the time. He'll be turning 23 soon and he's only made it past the QFs of a slam ONCE, which is appalling to me. He deserves so much more, but it's all on him.

Do you think he'll ever win a slam(s)? Become #1?
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very original indeed.
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Whenever I see Richard play, I can't help but think he is one of the most talented players I have ever seen in my life. His shot making ability and his strokes are flawless.

I sopped reading there.
Apart from the fact he possesses one of the most bizarre rally FHs i've ever seen in my life,yes his strokes are flawless.
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I'm sorry Perfection but I don't agree. I think his talent and ability has been hyped up far too much and this has led to ridiculous expectations of him. I think his game, movement, strategy and tactics leave much to be desired at times but I'm hoping to goodness that things are starting to improve. I think a lot of people on GM think Richie's fans are unrealistic but we're not. We've woken up and smelt the coffee but it doesn't mean we have completely lost hope or faith in him. He is still one of the nicest people to play on the ATP and one of the most enjoyable to watch (when his game is on!) and that's why his fans stick by him despite some crap results of late.
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. We've woken up and smelt the coffee but it doesn't mean we have completely lost hope or faith in him. He is still one of the nicest people to play on the ATP and one of the most enjoyable to watch (when his game is on!) and that's why his fans stick by him despite some crap results of late.
you summed up the gasquet fans well.
no we havent completely lost hope. i just watch him now because i like him and he still makes some incredible shots, but i am surprised when he wins nowand that's not a good thing for a fan!
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He won't

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He already has.
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It's a shame he couldn't progress. I quite like his game.
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When he starts to hit the gym.

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Not this week, and not against Nadal in clay if that was the timid intent of this thread.

I almost feel sorry for him if he finally faces the Monster.

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Seriously I don't get why people expect great things from Gasquet. Hes got a shitty serve and a shitty forehand, the two most important shots in tennis.

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Seriously I don't get why people expect great things from Gasquet. Hes got a shitty serve and a shitty forehand, the two most important shots in tennis.
And Nadal is unstoppable with just one of those. Poor Gasquet.
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Re: When Is Gasquet Going To Fulfill His Potential?

It's because he's a youngster with a good 1h backhand and good junior results. This makes many people emmotional, mostly those that believe tennis died on last July.

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Re: When Is Gasquet Going To Fulfill His Potential?

He needs to man up physically thats all.
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Re: When Is Gasquet Going To Fulfill His Potential?

Unless he is an idiot, I'm sure he must have considered putting the hours in at the gym and piling on the pounds. It's pretty easy to see that's worked for some of the guys at the top, but it's not for everyone.

He's making a decent living near the very top of the game, it's perhaps too much of a gamble to completely change body shape which could in effect completely screw up his game. Yet we have the likes of Davydenko and Simon doing well, and they're smaller than Gasquet.

I think working on forehand technique and stepping in closer to the baseline to take the ball on the rise more often would pay dividends. He doesn't have the power of Nadal to play the game so far behind the baseline so he needs to play a more crafty game, but that requires quick, creative thinking, and he's not demonstrated any such mentality in the past.
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