I think Richard is very tired physically and mentally that's why he played like crap. But I think with time, he will work on not giving up and rising to the big occasion. I think we should he less critical and congratulate Gasquet for a great two weeks. He made two finals back to back and beat Berdych (who isn't an easy opponent).
Yes he did play like crap and it was obvious that he was tired - that is not an excuse, just a fact. And while everyone is most upset with the mental lack of effort I think that mental fatigue is in large part a result of physical fatigue. YOu have to have a mind of steel to force an exhausted body to move when it doesn't want to move. Only people on the tour that seem to be able to do that are Nadal, Fed and recently Djoke sometimes(any coincedence they are the top 3)?
And yes we should congratulate him for a victory and a final the following week. Don't think any expected him to make it very far in Toyko. I know I expected that he would fold to Berdych and actually he had a few opportuniites to do so and didn't.
My theory - when he gets stronger physically, we will see his true mental strength. He is just 21 (again not an excuse) and his body is visually not nearly as strong as others in the Top 10 who BTW but for Nadal and Djoke are 4 - 5 years older.
I'm going with the just like a fine French wine, you can't rush the aging process theory and fully expect Richie to be a strong, consistent force in 2-3 years.