And Richie's Roller Coaster Ride begins....
Only caught a few peeks at the scoreboard but from the stats it looked like he came out really hot and then did his famous fizzle out. To anyone who saw it, WHAT HAPPENED?
How much was that 06 Davis Cup match in his mind?
-- he needs a quick talk with Noah, the head doctor.
At least he won't be worn out for AO and good thing he played doubles so he got a little more match practice in.
Still love ya Richie, but
This asks us another question: Has Gasquet really improved his game since that Davis Cup match against Tursunov??
I mean,he was probably even better in 2006 than in 2007(except he had less problems with the injuries and less ridiculously hard draws in the GS in 2007 than in 2006,which widely explains why he did make the TMC in 2007 and not in 2006)
I know it's his first tournament of the year but personnally ,i find this loss very worrying,especially in the way he lost (almost no break points during the whole match).
He is not to the point where he can take tournaments like Sydney as a preparation for the GSs........i mean,the best tournament he has won in his career so far is probably not even worth this Sydney's tournament.
Sale temps pour les têtes de série à Sydney. Après Tommy Robredo (n°2) et James Blake (n°3), Richard Gasquet (n°1) a mordu la poussière mercredi, éliminé par Dmitry Tursunov en trois manches (3-6, 6-3, 6-4). Un match incertain qui a reproduit le scénario de leur précédent duel en Coupe Davis, avec une victoire en cinq sets du Russe. Gasquet a retardé l'échéance en sauvant une balle de match à 3-5 mais s'est finalement incliné, sans s'inquiéter outre-mesure : «C'était mon premier tournoi, un tournoi assez relevé avec deux gros matches pour les deux premiers tours. Je me sens bien mais des fois, on tombe sur de gros joueurs comme aujourd'hui.»
Someone should tell him that he is now the number 8 in the world and that Tursunov and Andreev were not even in the top 30..........or perhaps(and most certainly) he already knows that but he is just trying to find excuses