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How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

personnally i would say it was overall a frustrating year for him despite some good results(3 titles and 1 MS final) and a few memorable matches(especially the one against Hewitt)
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Re: How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

He has his ups and downs. (After every good tournament, he does badly) I would say pretty average.

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Re: How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

Pretty good, considering that halfway through the season it was turning into a near-disaster heading into Nottingham ranked 66 in the world and in danger of dropping even lower without a successful title defence. Two titles and a TMS final in short order, on three different surfaces, and then a third title last week on yet another surface, he has certainly demonstrated his versatility. That said, fitness and shot selection issues were exposed again during his biggest match of the year (US Open 4th round against Hewitt). The obvious plus is that with a year-end finish of 18 he won't be drawing Haas in the first round of the AO, Nalbandian in the second round at RG and Federer in the first round at Wimbledon as happened this year. The first two would probably have been a waste anyway even with a kinder draw, but at Wimbledon he would surely have won a few matches if he'd been luckier with the draw.

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Re: How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

we ahve to admit it, he was good, but no too good, from 1 to 5, i would give him 4.





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Re: How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

Another mixed bag, especially early on. That being said, Gasquet is good and has potential if he steps up his fitness.
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Re: How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

From tennisuniverse, a fan's analysis:

2006 Look Back (4/4)
By: Gasquetaire
Date: November 3, 2006, 5:58pm

We review the last quarter of Richard Gasquet's 2006 season.

He took a break from the circuit and returned to competition on the hardcourts of Toronto. He had received a nightmare draw and could be outsted anytime. Somehow, however, he managed to win one match after another. Santoro, Blake, Verdasco, Berdych and Murray were additions to his list of scalps. Only one man stood in his way - Federer. In the final, Gasquet found himself 6-2 0-0* 0-40 up against a severely sub-par Federer. Was this his chance at a second victory over the Swiss champion? Unfortunately not. He missed all 3 BPs and subsequently lost the momentum and the match, as Federer just grew stronger by the game. The turning point? 0-40 in the first game of the second set. Not for the first time this year, the Frenchman was unable to follow up a fruitful week with another. He lost in Cincinnati to Robredo in two sets.

Gasquet was seeded at the US Open, something that no one would have expected after his disastrous start to 2006, but he was drawn to face Ljubicic in the third round. His draw opened up, however, when, to the surprise of many, Ljubicic was upset by Lopez in the first round. The Frenchman duly took advantage, sweeping past Simmonds, Simon and Chiudinelli to book his place in the fourth round against Hewitt, a first encounter that was eagerly anticipated by many. Down two sets to love, Gasquet fought hard to level things at two all. Unfortunately for him, cramps started to set in during the fifth set and Hewitt was able to get the decisive break immediately. Those who have followed his career would have expected him to crumble in such a situation. The French youngster, however, proved everyone wrong by fighting to the bitter end, saving two MPs at 3-5 with a BH DTL return winner and a brilliant FH DTL pass that came from nowhere. His limping became more and more severe though, and the Aussie was able to finish off the match as a result.

The start to Gasquet's indoor season was dismal to say the least. 3 consecutive second round losses to Clement in Metz, Roddick in Vienna and Djokovic in Madrid (which followed victories over Stakhovsky, Falla and Nieminen respectively) fuelled questions on whether the arduous season had taken its toll on him. In Lyon, however, the 20 year-old showed unexpected signs of resurgence, shocking Safin in the first round, putting away Norman, coming from a set down to beat Soderling and Clement before finishing the job against Gicquel. This was his first tournament win at home and it clearly meant a lot to him. Again it has to be said that after his lacklustre beginning to the year, it would have been unimaginable to think that he would win three titles that very year.

Gasquet carried his confident form into Paris Bercy, where he was able to get through a tricky match against Wawrinka in straight sets. He had a chance to extend his six-match winning streak but alas, it was not to be. He had to pull out of the tournament citing a thigh injury, which surprised almost everyone because he had not shown signs of it. During his press conference, he dejectedly elaborated that he had strained his thigh slightly against Wawrinka but the injury worsened by the time he woke up in the morning. A perhaps fitting end to a topsy-turvy year for the youngster.

2006 will be remembered as a rollercoaster of emotions. There have been moments of stinging disappointement as well as ones of incredible joy. Regardless, it has been an honour to watch this youngster learn and grow with each match he has played, showing glimpses of genius that we can only hope he will build on in 2007.

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Re: How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

3 titles in different surfaces!

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First half of the year was awful. Despite some good performances, especially in Davis Cup, Gasquet only once won matches back to back (Indian Wells) before Nottingham.
The second half of Gasquet's year has been more promising: only one bad loss after Poertschach (Marach), and only three first round losses (Wimbledon to Federer, Stuttgart to Marach and Cincinnati to Robredo) of which all came after he reached the final of, or won the, tournament the week before.
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Bad start to the year but as it got going it was much better He lost some matches he should have won but i think he's going to have a great 2007 Allez Richie!!!!!!!!!

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Poor first half of the year for Gasquet, had trouble winning a match, picked up in the summer and pushed Federer to 3 sets in Canada. He lost a big match against Hewitt in New York in 5 sets. Overall with 3 titles on different surfaces, not too bad, hit and miss like a lot of players. Still young yet.

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Re: How would you rate Richard Gasquet's year??

pretty good. some flushes of brilliance.
but he needs to be mentally tough coz he usually folded evrytime his opponent gets ahead

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pretty good. some flushes of brilliance.
but he needs to be mentally tough coz he usually folded evrytime his opponent gets ahead
i'm not sure that it's still the case: see his matches against Hewitt at US OPEN ( he played his best when he was 2 sets down) and against Soderling and Clement at Lyon(2 matches where he lost the first set) .
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Terrible first half, good second half of the season. That would sum up his season pretty well.

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