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Is 2011 Gasquet's "late bloom" year?

In 2009 we had Soderling at Gasquet's age suddenly playing like a top 5 player in Roland Garros. In 2010 it was Berdych at Gasquet's age of 25 suddenly playing great tennis in Miami and later in Roland Garros and peaking at Wimbledon.

Is Gasquet finally going to have his breakthrough at the latebloomer age of 25?

I really look forward to see what he can do against Djokovic/Del Potro and later even more curious to see what kind of tennis he will produce in Wimbledon.

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Re: Is 2011 Gasquet's "late bloom" year?

gasquet will do well at wimbledon. he just needs a kind draw there.

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Re: Is 2011 Gasquet's "late bloom" year?

he already had his breakthrough in 07. maybe he can break into the top 10 again at best, but his forehand is a weakness
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Re: Is 2011 Gasquet's "late bloom" year?

I think we'll have to wait for Wimbledon in his case.
That's really the Grand Slam where he can do something very big in the future.
Anyone who has watched this guy play on grass know that he's got the game to win some big things on that surface.
Will he do it?? that's the question....
It would be good for him to not miss Wimbledon for the third consecutive year for a beginning!

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he already had his breakthrough in 07. maybe he can break into the top 10 again at best, but his forehand is a weakness
Berdych also had his breakthrough way before 2010, but the real breakthrough when you beat the big guns and go to finals of grand slams is another story.

The top 10 doesnt mean much today, even Almagro was in the top 10. I am not talking about Gasquet entering the top 10, I am talking about Gasquet reaching Wimbledon final or some other truly great feat.

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Berdych also had his breakthrough way before 2010, but the real breakthrough when you beat the big guns and go to finals of grand slams is another story.

The top 10 doesnt mean much today, even Almagro was in the top 10. I am not talking about Gasquet entering the top 10, I am talking about Gasquet reaching Wimbledon final or some other truly great feat.
berdych reached a final and semi, gasquet reached a semi that year.

tbh hes not good enough to reach the finals, mentally hes not great, his forehand is flaky and his endurance has always been an issue.
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berdych reached a final and semi, gasquet reached a semi that year.

tbh hes not good enough to reach the finals, mentally hes not great, his forehand is flaky and his endurance has always been an issue.
His FH has definitely improved in the last few months,you can't deny that.
The only BIG question mark remains his fitness......but on grass for example,that's less of an issue.

And you think the guy on the following videos is not good enough to reach a Wimbledon's final at some point?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dvl9s4IXmrI
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qqW-G...eature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KdgHn...eature=related

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berdych reached a final and semi, gasquet reached a semi that year.

tbh hes not good enough to reach the finals, mentally hes not great, his forehand is flaky and his endurance has always been an issue.
People have always been laughting at Berdych. I remember in some other forum someone mentioned Berdych would be a top 10 player at the end of the year 2010 and people laughted.

I would say all players have a certain potential but some require more time to mature or to find the right rythm in their lifes.

Gasquet is at the same age of Berdych 2010 and Soderling 2009 but I have to say his potential as a tennis player is superior to both. So there is no fun in saying something after it has happened, so far you are right, Gasquet hasnt shown to have the mentality to reach finals of grand slams. But I belive he has matured a little bit as a person and that forehand is better than I have seen in a long time.

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I don´t think Gasquet will have similar year that Soderling or Berdych had. I would rather compare him to last year Fish. Berdych and Soderling just had those season far far better than anybody was expecting and reached final of major-slam. Gasquet is very talented player, and there were big expectations about his career in France, many years ago, than that drug issue and those things were too much for him to handle. How i said i will compare him to last year Fish - Gasquet will probably have great ranking, in form very dangerous but not slam contender or finalist. Yes in Wimbledon he can do well, but still i can´t see him making final with Roger, Rafa, Nole, both Andies. He has nice touch, i like his volleys, but he lack a firepower - that´s what made Berdych and Soderling so good in those seasons, they were able to serve hard, hit powerfull forehands and so on, but Gasquet is talented player, nice to watch, but he is not strongest guy physically out there and that is the most important factor in mens tennis.
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Re: Is 2011 Gasquet's "late bloom" year?

In my book Gasquet has a great chanse to beat Murray, Djokovic or Roddick in Wimbledon. If he plays at his best I would go so far to say he is better than 50-50 against these 3 in Wimbledon.

I think Gasquet will always have a chanse against Federer and Nadal on grass, but ofcourse he is far from 50-50 against them even if they are not in their best form. Gasquet can actually find himself in the Wimbledon half of the draw without both Federer or Nadal. In any case he is a major darkhorse for Wimbledon.

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I don´t think Gasquet will have similar year that Soderling or Berdych had. I would rather compare him to last year Fish. Berdych and Soderling just had those season far far better than anybody was expecting and reached final of major-slam. Gasquet is very talented player, and there were big expectations about his career in France, many years ago, than that drug issue and those things were too much for him too handle. How i said i will compare him to last year Fish - Gasquet will probably have great ranking, in form very dangerous but not slam contender or finalist. Yes in Wimbledon he can do well, but still i can´t see him making final with Roger, Rafa, Nole, both Andies. He has nice touch, i like his volleys, but he lack a firepower - that´s what made Berdych and Soderling so good in those seasons, they were able to serve hard, hit powerfull forehands and so on, but Gasquet is talented player, nice to watch, but he is not strongest guy physically out there and that is the most important factor in mens tennis.
Gasquet can definitely beat those three guys on grass, no doubt in my mind
Grass is hardly Djoker's best surface(he has yet to even win a title on grass) and Roddick is on a huge decline.
Murray is very good on grass and probably the better U-25 grass court player after Nadal but he is definitely beatable.
Federer is getting older and older and Nadal is looking weaker than before so there is definitely some place for other guys to make a move at Wimbledon in the next few years.
Gasquet lacks firepower?? How would you call his BH on grass?? Ask Murray or Roddick if Gasquet lacked firepower when they played him and they will laugh at you.
He lacks fitness and some mental toughness(the two being correlated actually as proved by Nadal and the Djoker),i'll give you that.

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The new Gasquet forehand on grass will ping through the court - looking forward to seeing it there.
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He's improved, but he's not a top 5 player. He's matured on court and playing more within himself, and he's not as defensive as he was past seasons. He's got more self-assuredness with comes with age. He's overrated on this forum, though.
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Soderling and Berdych (well, definitely Robin) are also overrated on this forum so if that is the example being used then I guess it fits.
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He's improved, but he's not a top 5 player. He's matured on court and playing more within himself, and he's not as defensive as he was past seasons. He's got more self-assuredness with comes with age. He's overrated on this forum, though.
Nobody is saying he is a top 5 player.
But i think we can safely say he is potentially one of the 6-7 best grass court players.
In his last three Wimbledon,he got only beaten by peak Federer (twice,including once in 1/2 final) and Murray in an epic five setter.
And he's won 2 grass titles.
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